A few interesting facts about life in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the setting for Heart of Diamonds:
- Of every 1,000 babies born alive, 205 will die before their fifth birthday in the DRC, compared to only 8 out of 1,000 in the U.S.
- Life expectancy in the DRC is just 49 years. In the U.S., the average person lives to be 77.
- Safe water is available to practically everyone in the U.S., but is accessible to less than half of the people of the DRC.
- In the DRC, 76% of the men and just 55% of the women are literate. In the U.S., nearly all adults — 97% of both men and women — can read and write.
- Annual per capita income in the U.S. is $35,750. In the DRC, it’s $650—or less than $2 per day.
–according to Africare, a leading non-profit specializing in aid to Africa.