ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: And welcome back. We are live in Rutshuru tonight, on the eastern edge of Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Congo is Africa's third largest country. It's become a symbol of really all the misery and all of the hope that exists on this continent. A country whose future is literally hanging in the balance, even as it absorbs waves of refugees from Sudan who come here to their killing fields at a pivotal time for both countries.
Coming up, much more from Congo...
Now, back to Anderson in Democratic Republic of the Congo -- Anderson.
COOPER: John, thanks very much.
I know the Democratic Republic of the Congo seems very far away to most people. You may think you have no connection to what's happening here, but that may not be the case. Your cell phone, your laptop and other gadgets are linked to the mines here where precious minerals and metals are dug up to make them. And the thing is the violence, well, it's all linked to the natural resources of the Congo.
COOPER: One of the sad ironies about Democratic Republic of the Congo is that this country is actually probably about the richest country in Africa -- natural resources, gold, and diamonds, all sorts of minerals and metals which are used all around the world, are mined right from here.
And yet, 70 percent of the households here suffer from malnutrition. Two-thirds of the people here have no access to medical care whatsoever.
So why that disparity? Why aren't the natural resources which are so rich, why isn't that money benefiting the people here? We tried to find out some answers in one of the mines here in the Congo.
COOPER: I'm joined now by Jason Stearns with the International Crisis Group, a Congo expert. He's been traveling with us.
Thanks for being with us again this morning.
What is the solution? I mean, this corruption is just so endemic in this country. How do you even begin to change that?
COOPER: Dawn just breaking here in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A woman getting ready, bringing some vegetables to the market, probably to try to sell or to barter, the beginning of a very long day for the people here.
Brian Steidle is a former Marine who found himself with a front row seat to genocide in Darfur. Two years ago, Steidle entered Darfur as one of three U.S. military observers working with the African Union peacekeepers. His mission was to assess the situation and report to superiors. Here's his story, in his own words and his own photos. But a warning, some of the images you'll see are graphic.
Sanjay had another report in the second hour and then a follow-up discussion with Anderson ~
That's it from here on state's side. Back to Anderson in the Congo -- Anderson.
COOPER: John, thanks very much. As you can see, we've attracted quite a crowd here in this village here in Rutshuru. We're going to be back here in the Democratic Republic of the Congo tomorrow. Appreciate you watching this special edition of 360. So does everyone here.
You guys want to say good bye?
All right. "LARRY KING" is next.
We'll try to do better maybe next time. All right. See you tomorrow.
This finishes up the two hour edition of AC360 on October 4, 2006. Please join us next week as we are still in the Congo with Anderson, but with the start of AC360 on October 5, 2006 Until then..... Wonz.