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Why Isn't Congo as Rich as Saudi Arabia? Massive Tax Evasion

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo is rich in natural resources, yet the average citizen lives on only 72 cents a day. The foreign mining companies are getting rich while the general population is living in poverty. Many Congolese citizens are diging through the dirt on their hands and knees in search their fair share of the countries natural minerals. While there are taxes on the mining companies who benefit from the countries resources it is proving difficult to actually collect the money that is owed. Vocativ spoke to one tax inspector who explained that tax evasion and government fraud is rampant throughout the mining industry. So it seems that until those benefiting from the countries natural wealth start paying their fare share, many average citizens will have to continue digging through the mud to get by. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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Yual Dut (1 day ago)
Trillions of dollars and yet these leaders in these countries are able to trick outsiders and hide the money without a single person knowing where that money is. Something sounds fishy. And the individuals interviewed speak perfect English when conga was a Belgium colony. Again very fishy. Resources that are sold in dollars or euros and most likely end up in western banks cause most African countries don't have stable currency or banks to park that money (which is in the trillions by the way) without a single individual willing to follow the money but point fingers at African leaders being corrupt. The whole world smells like fish now. Two countries that have resources in the trillions ( Saudi Arabia and congo) both with "dictator regime" and one we can see what they do with their wealth and one we say is corrupt but yet give no explanation as to where exactly that wealth is. Follow the money of these countries leaders and it always leads a trail right straight to the doorstep of western banks. Most people know well enough if these leaders parked their money at Chinese banks I can guarantee you 110% most western leaders would be so procise as to naming the exact banks and owners of those banks that African leaders would have their money parked at. We all know the reason why these stories always portray African leaders as irresponsible and greedy but never get the full story nor following of the money to see exactly where it's parked at!!!!
Rimu N (5 days ago)
I've got to say, I disliked the British for colonization but my gosh, every country that Belgium or France touched is absolutely fucked.
devin derouen (6 days ago)
yeah its black country goverment white people america uk south Africa
devin derouen (6 days ago)
name any black country that is rich speak for it self
Paradev Paradev (6 days ago)
India is faaar better than Congo.. and we hardly have natural resources .. as the guy said honesty is required to run a country ..
KokaKolaKan (7 days ago)
Are they waiting for someone to save them?
bongani mondlana (7 days ago)
khadafi was the only african leader who we hoped would change Africa and the westerners took him out cause he was a threat. Why isn't kablila being attacked by the us for human abuse (i guess he's no threat and is a puppet
gastone ogweno (8 days ago)
Can foreigners plunder a country like this on their own? No the problem lies with Africans.
Nick Q (9 days ago)
Victim of global elites banking cartels by bribing ignorant corrupt politicians n corrupt military personnel. Devil of colonial governance: poor education n poverty.
Kindness Khupe (9 days ago)
zimbabwean army secured those minerals to kabila
Domenico Coviello (10 days ago)
Iq of Congo 77
Avik Sarkar (10 days ago)
Ever wonder why mineral rich countries are so poor and countries with literally no minerals are among the richest
Mike M (11 days ago)
With a stroke of a pen, 3/4 of DRC issues can be sorted. Imagine sanctioning a list of companies believed to be engaged in corruption, from trading with the US and EU. So if a company mines raw materials for electronic devices, it is stopped from selling anything to the US and EU and if say samsung or apple uses parts from that manufacturer it too is closed off from the Western market. Suddenly it becomes cheaper to pay taxes in congo than get sanctioned. But it's not in the West's interest to have a stable DRC.
Douglas Santet (11 days ago)
Congo should wake up quickly ,no wonder the west does not want "regime change" in congo
iphone 6 (12 days ago)
Karma does this thing God is the creator not the white The people vote didactor president Not the European So wake up and let lumumba died for mobuto run the country Lumumba was loyal to his people but the people not
dominguez prado (12 days ago)
Congo RULERS should STOP ENGAGING in CORRUPT DEALS whether with FRENCH MINING COMPANIES or others, who take 90 0/0 of the country's RICHES and leave a HILARIOUS 10 0/0 to the CONGO people. A Chavez
horizons own (12 days ago)
I think i might become a congolese polotician. The only flaw in that plan is i have to learn fucking french.
Sakinah Hur (12 days ago)
Many migrants escaping to EU are from these areas... International foreign business corruption along with internal political corruption leads people to escape for a dream on living somewhere else... Think about where the source of why these migrants come to EU and try to make differences for them to stay home, which they would prefer... With Peace Sakinah 🌹
steve mayala (12 days ago)
I like how many blame Africa and don't want Africans blaming the west....and don't want refuges.. Let me ask you this ...why don't your armies and secret services stop coming to our countries... Where is saddam, ghadaffi, Lumumba, Compaore? Who killed them ? Why is france still taxing africa?
Thembelani Mkhize (13 days ago)
I feel like crying when I see Africa so poor and yet is rich in mineral resources. West is the main reason.
mustapha nzeba mukuna (13 days ago)
You want to bring peace to Congo and development get ready with Christianity the cancer for Congo
Bee be Cee (14 days ago)
Ask who had been stealing from Congo in the last century until now.
Africa Mega (15 days ago)
I know you, just keep on watching me and get paid but keep 1 eye open.
Africa Mega (15 days ago)
Just watch.
Michael Mage (16 days ago)
The DRC is a fucking shithole because of greed.
Kelvin nyenza (16 days ago)
Thats why Europe is full of black immigrants every day
Kenny McCormick (20 days ago)
what can you do when u have kids and u need to feed them. When u try to fight the government they point a gun at you. Fight corruption as your kids starve. Or struggle to find every little to feed your kids as corruption increases.
Malcom Canning (22 days ago)
they can all be bought. its a black thing
Africa Mega (22 days ago)
This is going to stop very soin, congolese people will be respected again.
Grizzly (15 days ago)
Indeed nothing is gonna happen ;D
Grizzly (15 days ago)
And what do you expect to happen? xD
Africa Mega (15 days ago)
There's also a congolese saying "mutu abatami aleki yo na mayele" the person that's hidden, he's more intelligent then you 😉 Treat me any how but give us few years and you'll understand this génération's plan... Undercover brother man. Good day to you.
Grizzly (15 days ago)
"don't wanna reveal our plans" there are no plans if you can't even explain a thing or understand how a country can grow xD there is this Dutch saying "iemand blij maken met een dode mus" Pretty much means making somebody happy with a dead sparrow. That's what you're doing telling lies making people happy for something that isn't good or won't even happen. Normally people do that to others but you managed to believe yourself.
Africa Mega (15 days ago)
More like we don't wanna reveal our plans because the first one is to get rid of some people's nozes in our business.
sundiii99OWS (23 days ago)
There is a way to end this child and adult slavery: get US and UK to say the wage is wrong, or just say every person should forever get a GUARANTEED RESIDUAL INCOME. Corporations are like a beast that has one body, and the 7 richest ones have seven heads on long necks: they're all connected financially in the body. Same for governments, but a another beast, seven richest governments. No individual can ever win a battle against them. But if people worldwide become united together, then we become much more powerful, and then we have a chance of winning, and ending world poverty quickly, because billions of people are starving to death. Just think of feeding children, nothing else. Everyone please fast for 2-3 days so you can feel what it's like to be starving.
The End (23 days ago)
Wow, there is a Wakanda and their leadership takes advantage of their people, amazing?  Socialism at its best!
Diraac Dropper (23 days ago)
I couldn't even finish watching it, it boils me inside.
Uncle Ruckus (25 days ago)
I blame African leaders. I won't blame the West for taking advantage of the stupidity and evilness of these people. If you are willing to starve your own people, in order to drive some Mercedes or BMW, you are the primary responsible for the conditions of your country.
Paul Patriot (25 days ago)
France you get out of Africa. All its does is to continue colonizing its colonies and stealing from them, same a belgium
GODESTINY (25 days ago)
The problem is 2fold. Africa is fucked due to how it is arranged. The brits and other colonialists did a fine job of grouping diffrent ethnic groups in one country so wars and conflicts will never end in africa until borders are redrawn by ethnic and relegious lines. The second peoblem is corruption. There is corruption is other countries as well but nowhere to the extent there is in african countries. Until those issues are solved there is no way africa could become succesful
w (25 days ago)
african tradition.
Leader Never Follow (26 days ago)
Because congolese are stupid
M Africa (28 days ago)
We need to get rid of the Europeans and America and bring in Russia. You can never do business with your former colonizers they will Fuc. Every time it’s time to get France and all these people out
Grizzly (16 days ago)
Funny thing is most Russians are Europeans and white
Leader Never Follow (26 days ago)
M Africa you wont because your scared of the white men , you want to be white
Davo. M (28 days ago)
What do people not understand? Blacks are incapable of running a country ( very low IQ) Take a minute and look at Africa, poverty, over breading, corruption on a grand scale............ The blacks are dragging Africa back into the dark ages. Look what is happening to South Africa, thank you ANC, Jacob Zuma (just to name one), biggest criminal alive! And NO I'm not being racist, its fact.
There are plenty of African countries escaping poverty
Leader Never Follow (26 days ago)
Davo. M im mix white and black and your right
RomanianSocialist (28 days ago)
Capitalism at its finest. And if these people tried rising up against their government they would be shot
Truck Diesel (28 days ago)
The problem is that the people at the bottom are too dumb to rise against their oppressors.. they can’t read or write or share information so they will stay dumb — this their life and harsh reality, it’s sad but they don’t matter ... it’s like the people in the ghetto rising up against Wall Street, where would they start? Sorry but some African people will always be poor and backwards and dumb. It’s just how it is.
Leader Never Follow (26 days ago)
Truck Diesel exactly
william wekesa (29 days ago)
White oligarchy and the eastern oligarchy are to blame
Adam TheSaviour (29 days ago)
They need to wake up and fight for their rights.
Leader Never Follow (26 days ago)
Annuza Lacruza they too dumb
MO JOE (30 days ago)
Sheep must be sheared. It is good for them.
Dante 888 (1 month ago)
The Zionist Jews.
Alejandro Sosa (1 month ago)
i don't blame the president of congo. the moment he starts to work for his people and country the western powers will replace him with another puppet just like what happend to gaddafi. africas problem is whites man hunger for for natural resources!
Savage GameZ (1 month ago)
Africa will always be the toilet bowl of the world
B.C Drisk (1 month ago)
Glad they are blaming it on themselves this time.
James Murphy (1 month ago)
Congo has suffered a century of genocide with no industrial revolution or manufacturing results
Leader Never Follow (26 days ago)
James Murphy because they are stupid
km (1 month ago)
on en a assez de la globalitė. on est indėpendants depuis des annėes.
km (1 month ago)
i’v opened my mathematical book my brother, i’m in france i can’t go further.
km (1 month ago)
our presidents prefers violons instead of drums...we don’t really understand violons.
Devil fucker 1 (1 month ago)
I was talking to a guy from an African country he said even though he is struggling he would be stealing his country's wealth given the opportunity as his leaders are doing so good luck to them they surely need it
Don Jiaye (1 month ago)
Ah Africa. ....Sorry Congo...
Fraser Clemens (1 month ago)
Shell been doing it for decade's
Daddyo Abdul (1 month ago)
Man this country could be rich if they have good system
Micheal Achilanga (1 month ago)
$24,000,000,000 What are they waiting for
jsn23nc (1 month ago)
Puppet Dictators, under the rule of the UN
JON OLOT (1 month ago)
The Bantu/African people has never had any developed countries or any other region of the world as equal partner, except Africa. It is a treatment of master and servant. And part of that problem is our rogues, saboteur and despicable rulers.
Leader Never Follow (26 days ago)
JON OLOT no its in your dna
Alieu Sannoh (1 month ago)
With the right leadership, Congo can be one of the wealthiest countries in the world. They could even help some struggling African countries. The country has so much potential. I hope the Congolese wake up and put the right puzzles together for their country development. Congo is a sleeping giant that is yawning for the right leadership.
yo JM (20 days ago)
Exactly but sadly the right leaders are just not there A leader should be prioritizing the needs of the population before his own and most importantly not condoning any corruption whatsoever but it seems they all seem to go the opposite direction its truly sad..
Amini B (1 month ago)
the “floove”
Marquese Dillinger (1 month ago)
Kongo has been exploited for a looong time, they were exploited for people/"slaves"--one of the original slave markets.
Marquese Dillinger (25 days ago)
Yup, The kings of Kongo started trading slaves to Portugal in the late 1490s under Joao I/ Manikongo Nzinga a Nkuwu. His son, King Afonso I even signed an agreement with Portugal, The Regimento,1512, to PROVIDE captives to Portugal--granted that didn't stop the traders from capturing the 'wrong people' (children of nobles). They even complained about the 'illegal' trade in 1520s. (its actually a pretty interesting story)
Leader Never Follow (26 days ago)
Marquese Dillinger kongo was the original slave market ?
Your Name (1 month ago)
TheSaneWarboy (1 month ago)
It's not stealing if you can't even be able to utilize it if you're left alone with it.
vignesh krishnamurthy (1 month ago)
same problem in India but not to this extent. 3rd world countries should get rid of this modern day virus called corruption.
HUGO c (1 month ago)
The white man fault again
Maria Gassi (1 month ago)
I agree with all you said (OG) France and Britain rule Congo, those in power not allowed to stand up to Europe ,
Sd Sd (1 month ago)
God will help you
Africa Africa Africa ,God is punishing Africa because our leaders are THIEVES RATS CATS ANIMALS
Eva 911 (1 month ago)
Continue slaging behind instead of teaming up and going for those individuals you claim are corrupt .Congo is now among the poorest yet so rich..Wake up or you will be woken when its too late.
Kiran Pawar (1 month ago)
Indian troops are doing a great job in goma, congo.
The Bulletin Manager (1 month ago)
Tafari Kalema (1 month ago)
Plss one day is gonna be a fire and ferry. Stupid Belgium have to leave that country. African can solve their own problems. Thieves are stealing the African properties to build their empty land.
nuno gomes (1 month ago)
seg jjh (1 month ago)
Low IQ that's why
mofao gallis (1 month ago)
Who do most African governments represent? The citizenry or crooked business Moguls? Though inappropriate to say, Africans are kinda horrible bunch of morons.
Chat noir (1 month ago)
I didn't even watch the video because I know it will again be white bashing and very probably China cheering. I just want to point out that China will be unlivible in 2050. And today China is buying Africa....Just saying.
CRIS WTF 34 (1 month ago)
Africa is being colonized by the Arabs and Asians. And now Europe is being colonized by Africans
Chat noir (1 month ago)
And Saudi Arabia is also buying a lot of lands in Africa. So Congo might be the new Saudi Arabia ...LITTERALLY!
Frenki Hunter (1 month ago)
The only thing these fuckers regularly do is uncontrolled reproduction. We can not really for their fucking lives. And we will not feed them in Europe, not even by mistake!
rhythmandacoustics (1 month ago)
LOL at "FLU" . It is pronounced as Fle-UH- V
The AU needs to invade and remove this corrupt leader.
Easy. Their leaders are corrupt.
DeltaForce Gaming (1 month ago)
There is no wealth to steal
Aliyu Mohamed (1 month ago)
Sad, where is the money going
On code (1 month ago)
Its the Jews who is robbing and killing the people
Darwiishka Hawdka (1 month ago)
"a look at the lovely locals" cuts the camera into two high end prostitutes.
levegö 999 (1 month ago)
The French as usual all the former colonisators are activ. They never pay for anything The belgians the dutch the english spanish porutiugese stil get all the riches for nothing.
Leader Never Follow (26 days ago)
levegö 999 because your stupid and they smart
wktk2012wktk (1 month ago)
europe and china is bad.
CRIS WTF 34 (1 month ago)
Long live Europe, East Asia and Western Asia
Jean-Luc Martel (1 month ago)
IM SURE SOUTH AFRICA HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. also CANADA has many dubious mining ops around the world.
PandaBubbah1 (1 month ago)
Why is the reporter so scared to call out the country of origin of those mining companies? Hmmm. I mean we already know its america and the whole rest of europe
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Baylor58 Duncan (1 month ago)
Y'all need a good dose of Obama, take Michelle and we'll through in Oprah !
el che (1 month ago)
ask Belgium and co...bunch of thieves
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Dark matter Hafnium (1 month ago)
Corruption, bad leaders, look at Botswana, be#t in Africa, mid income country, why? Least corrupt, and good leaders, many poor countries in Africa could be really rich, but the corruption and bad leaders bring them down
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Kevin Asoera (1 month ago)
African leaders let these rubbish to happened they even conspired with the colonial masters to steal their countries wealth n transferring them to slave masters land while their citizens are in pain crying for help when they kicked the bucket their families day's to poverty are numbered because their wives n children do not have any clues about the countries were the wealth's are hidden they preferred in boosting the economy of the slave masters instead of Investing in their countries create good jobs for the citizens, good hospitals, research centre's for traditional medicine, good Roads, invest in technology , encouraging practical creations not cramming a whole book to pass the exams but u have know ideas of Appling ur readings, good school 's recreational center for elderly people n also children's, electricity twenty four hours to boost the economy of the countries, pay the worker's by hourly rate not salaries that will make them to sit up u work u got paid but if u don't show up at work u loss ,what colonial masters have in mind is cheap labors and the mineral resources they don't care about who survived or dies they brought u fake religion's, fake war's in Africa, brainwashed, miseducation's, bamboozled the innocent soul's in the name of God which means gun, oil n drug's Africans are possessed with white Jesus n Mary the mother which's nothing but Cesar Borgia image now called Jesus Christ the more u look the less u see some Africans are still paying reparations to colonial masters government they robbed and enslaved our people even some African leaders encourages their citizens to take prilgramages to take prilgramages to Mecca, Rome "Vatican " or holy land Israel God is every where not in Mecca, Rome or Israel these three organized religion's were involved in slave trades n exploitation's of the people yet the recycled leaders with dead brains cells does not see the manipulation's by the colonial masters shame, shame to the modern school graduates who managed to join the army they called themselves leaders they are nothing but puppets to the puppet masters they cannot delivered on their promises to their citizens they're only good in accumulating unnecessary title's to bully their neighbors. African's ur leaders are ur problems.
Siya Shilla (1 month ago)
Not only that but Congo still pays money to France the resources are used to pay for their "colonial debt"
Jean Mich (1 month ago)
It's not just africans guys it's all of us now. It's coming slowly but surely to the west and other countries as well. Few on top control the world and the masses are just there to be used at will. Wake up people

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