The life of the super-rich in Central Africa | DW Documentary

3. april. 2021
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Many millionaires live in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the world's poorest countries. This film depicts some of those who have made fortunes amid the chaos, including musicians, mining bosses, entrepreneurs and preachers.
The DRC is rich in raw materials, but only a few profit from its natural resources. While 60% of Congo's inhabitants live on less than $1.25 per day, businessmen, artists, former rebel leaders and evangelists are reaping the rewards of economic growth. In the capital, Kinshasa, these new rich live in safe and luxurious enclaves, while children toil in coltan mines in the eastern part of the country.
Fally Ipupa has made his money with music. Others rely on their business acumen, like Patricia Nzolantima, who founded a taxi company and aims to give more opportunities to women.
With 3,000 mine workers, Cooperamma is the largest employer in North Kivu, in the east of the DRC. Managing director Robert Seninga says his coltan mines are extremely well-run, yet safety standards are poor. Coltan, a globally coveted mineral, is used in cell phones and other devices. It’s both a blessing and a curse for the Congo. It makes some rich, but for others it means death. The region still suffers from ethnic and factional conflicts, with money from illegal coltan smuggling financing new violence. It’s a vicious cycle.
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  • Very well documented, first class work.big ups to the team that put together this documentary

    Anna DileboAnna Dilebo9 minutter siden
  • Hard to watch... there is a pit in my stomach watching this.... Binary life in the Congo. Sadness....

    April Martin Chartrand, M.S.April Martin Chartrand, M.S.11 minutter siden
  • Jesus....he got 400 million contract and got ppl living in middle of nowhere

    Marcus-Aerilius MaximusMarcus-Aerilius Maximus31 minutt siden
  • Mute the sound and you’d think it was Lagos, Nigeria.

    Doe MackerelDoe Mackerel35 minutter siden
  • Guy: Do kids work in those mines? The other guy. No kids should be in school not mines. Camera man: Shows kids hiding in plane site on camera near the mines. :|

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  • But does it cure stupidity.

    Erick DukeErick DukeTime siden
  • Lord Jesus help us all! Preying on people's desperation and hope.

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  • 4:05 it made me google their currency , didn’t realize how inflated it was . He gave them 4.5k African dollars which like the narrator said was about 7 euros

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  • Guys these guys are not rich and the documentary doesnt really speka of the real rich of africa ....

    Achraf IfiAchraf IfiTime siden
  • Those 600 millionaires can end poverty in their country. Sad. No way I would buy more cars than I need while people across the river from me are starving.

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  • I couldn’t live in a mansion right across the street from poverty without trying to make a difference

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  • Largest French speaking city in the world 🌎 I didn't learn that in French class. That's cool. I'm Nigerian American so people from my father's country speak English.

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  • ahh wakanda

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  • It saddens me that people can be so stupid and gullible,,, so sad.

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  • Dear Lord don’t let them take from the poor 😢

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  • not easy

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  • While the rest of your people suffer

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  • There is something a little off-putting about a millionaires paradise juxtaposed against the stark poverty of those living across the river...I am from a Caribbean island and it seems reminiscent of what the masters must have seen from the balconies of their great houses on plantations...I know it's life but it's sad....

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  • All those people working in the mines and on market stalls think if the just work hard they too can become rich, are delusional. The rebel turned millionaire shows that if you willing to exploit your own for self interest then so be it ... capitalism 101 ...IMO this doc only touches the surface of the corruption that goes on and is some what void of European interest that coup African leaders and put in place there minions to exploit the resources. Like I said business practise 101 and it’s a shame that people have to endure such hardship via the selfishness of the few

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  • You should come and expose Kenya

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  • 4:05 Bruv. My man just gave the dude €7 while currently building a house of 600.000 and acting like he is sum sorta black Jezus.

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  • Show this video to your kids when they start whining about having the "old iphone" 😓

    Eril BurgosEril Burgos4 timer siden
  • La morena😜😜repara un daño .Dh.46.

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  • I make huge profits on my investment since I started trading with Mrs Anna,her trading strategies are top much

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    • That's how I started with her last week👆

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    • @Jennifer Beni Kindly reach her through her contact details

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    • This is not the first time I am hearing of Mrs Anna and her exploits in the trading world but I have no idea how to reach her

      Jennifer BeniJennifer Beni4 timer siden
    • I invest with Mrs Anna too, she charges a 20% commission on profit made after every trading session which is fair compare to the effort she put in to make huge profit

      Frankle HenryFrankle Henry4 timer siden
    • Wow, amazing to see others who trade with Mrs Anna I am currently on my 5th trade with her and my portfolio has increased tremendously

      Mike DennyMike Denny4 timer siden
  • Why is she talking about reducing pollution in the environment at 11:20 with 30 plastic bags behind her, haha.

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  • also u can clearly see why the rich get richer and the poor poorer, the rich benefit from the poor's ignorance, just as it happens in every poor undeveloped uneducated country! what else can u expect from corruption and deceivement!!!

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  • Okay wtf DRC is literally a walking zombie

    laurean ntaatelaurean ntaate5 timer siden
  • No matter where this ppl live that whole country is a FAIL STATE, why would rich ppl even live there, the view from those "rich" homes is just trash and poverty and misery all around, why would a rich person wants to live there; makes no sense no logic. rich or poor i would have got out of there the soonest possible.

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  • Do you have the Juice?

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  • Half the world is living like it’s “The 100” or “The 3%”

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  • I find this documentary crazy. All I see is exploitation and greed

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  • The rich ALWAYS live right next to the poorest part of the community. Then they build a house and claim they created jobs for the community. Maybe spread it around so everyone can live comfortable, oh wait that’s blasphemy ain’t it??!

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  • Soldier has a salary of $80 per month but makes close to $1000 in one day for illegal

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  • This poor believing in these scammers is just sad

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  • Dream about money

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  • "Fally is known internationally"... Never heard of him.

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  • Better to trade ores in the black market than legally, when the taxes go in corrupt government officials’ pockets anyway...

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  • Give this country to the Whites, they'll change it in just 5 years.

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  • I remember watching a guy named Arthur Blessit on a Christian show ( I forget the name) who was told by the hosts that they were going to buy him a brand new SUV for when he went to Africa to minister there.. Arthur Blessit is an American who carried a cross every where he went...So anyway , he gets to Africa and is driving to a village and sees a man walking on a particularly hot day , pulls over and gives the man his SUV ..I was laughing so hard when I heard him tell his story. The hosts , not so much.

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  • timestamp 22:22

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  • The Philippines will be on its way if Duterte remains in power.

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  • I can see how very easily the antichrist will decieve so many...

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  • Wow!! The Congolese are so tall and strong considering their country is ravaged by so many diseases and malnutrition!!!!!!!!

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  • Interesting note about the so-called Prophet's 'miracles': the placebo effect is a real thing. His 'cure' may very well work for a lot of people simply because they think it will work. You see the same effect in some double-blind studies involving a placebo...Person A swallows a sugar pill thinking it is a pain-reliever and bam, their pain goes away. Not condoning the guy's behaviour at all, just noting that it may actually work for some people because of our funny brains. I wish them well

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  • Wow $50 between 8 people when you have millions. That is fucken horrendous

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  • Miracle juice hahaha where there is a prosperous place then these shits happens😂🙄

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  • A lot of the history and facts you have shared about this country, especially about its wealth and natural minerals and how they are managed are half-truths. Africans, we need to learn our history and stop letting white people tell it for us.

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  • Whar is the name of the juice?

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  • Journalism at its best. Great job DW

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  • The sheep of religion. 😂 Too thick for science? Don’t worry, there’s always Religion.

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  • African leaders need to be flogged

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  • That juice aint no good!

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  • There can be no hope for a country in which hundreds of thousands if not millions of people line up to buy cure-all gasoline and lemon prophet juice.

    Bernd JendrissekBernd Jendrissek9 timer siden
  • wish the best for africas future

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  • How can they ommit the role eurpoe plays and Multinationals play in distabilizing congo? This is a useless documentary white washed

    Kago LekobaKago Lekoba9 timer siden
  • Props to the UN peace keepers

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  • PROPS to the married black couple, they look genuinely happy, the wife is glowing 💞

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  • The pink cabs are amazing. The rich getting richer and the poor remain poor, this is the story in every continent. It’s never ending.

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  • ça fait mal au coeur cette histoire de prophète.

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  • 👍🏿👍🏿👍🏿👍🏿👍🏿👍🏿

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  • Never heard of this Ali Pipupa dude..Rich or not, he still lives in a shithole

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  • My heart weeps for my African fellow mates. Only hard work will prevail. This documentary taught me so much about Congo than I have read in books. Sincere appreciation from Nairobi Kenya

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  • The start-up Taxi-Cab company: Founded by a woman. All hirees for drivers: decided by a Man! Why do i feel all her investors are Male!

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  • It seems like everyone in this country has a say on how to be rich

    LairenjamLairenjam11 timer siden
  • These rich people never cease to DISGUST me.

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  • Not gonna lie, even in Africa the "super rich" still look like they live in a dump, just with flashy cars.

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  • are they speaking french?

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  • Now do the United States.

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  • African Americans are comparatively lucky to be in the USA than this shit ....amen , god bless America , long live MLK , long live George Flyod,,,,

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  • Never trust a prosperity gospel preacher.

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  • How does a woman who previously worked as a nurse Triple her salary becoming a taxi driver there is no way professionals would make less and are less desired than taxi drivers no offense to your trade however there is an essential need for one over the other. Something is not right

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  • This was honestly so sad

    Jose Antonio JijonJose Antonio Jijon11 timer siden
  • Poverty exists not because we can’t feed the poor but because we can’t satisfy the rich

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  • 28:54 Girl be like n*** let me see that snake

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  • slippery mine hole is like my ex's damn

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  • dirty city

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  • That river!! 🤢🤢🤮

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  • why doesnt the UN takes action against the man who is selling that juice and also against the govt who is promoting it .... as there is no other way the people can be saved there

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  • government could atleast construct the roads

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  • the miner could lose his life..this is so risky

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  • Very informative documentary that depicts the sad realities of Africa, especially when it comes to a country such as the DRC that probably holds the richest natural ressources on planet earth. This documentary sadly shows how the ongoing political and economic chaos, that has lasted for decades, is undeniably profiting some people. Let's see what the educated diaspora will bring on the table just like that remarkable woman running the pink cab company. The DRC has potentially enough human and natural ressources become one of the richest countries in the world.

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  • This is what capitalism does, everyone should turn to socialism.

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  • Property price is very high while unemployment runs up to 80% and average earning is about $90 per month and government infrastructure projects is non exitance.

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  • First you give donations then you pay for the juice wow🤢🤮

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  • When you have titled the footage .... "Life of the Super Rich"" ,, TBH more like the harsh reality of life in the DRC .

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  • google conflict resources in the congo

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  • How about you but them a politician

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  • cures Aids lol

    Hope YukizmizuHope Yukizmizu13 timer siden
  • Cab driver earns 3x more then a nurse!!! No wonder their country is marred in poverty

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  • I was here thinking my country is worse,who cursed Africa and its leaders......its such a shame

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  • this is a sad documentary

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  • Lol "poverty line" even if they would be technically above it they would still live in a slum, what a joke.

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  • Brilliant. Je voidrais visiter Congo!

    Josie BrenemanJosie Breneman14 timer siden
  • Rebel leader/Business man..........they make so much money, the least they could do is pay well and not exploit the poor. its heart breaking and gross. Nothing to be admired there.

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  • IS THAT A RAT ON THE WALL AT 8:22?????

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  • feel bloody sad when there are child labour can't go to school

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  • this economy can rise soon

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  • It’s interesting that the poorest people have the most kids. The couple making good money hadn’t even had kids yet lol. It’s like that in America too.

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