The Eastern provinces in the Democratic Republic of Congo are grappling with a steep rise in fuel prices at the pump.
In the North and South Kivu, the cost of public transportation has exponentially increased. Taxi drivers and motorcyclists have tripled or even quadrupled fares. As a result, the majority of commuters have resorted to walking.
For Espoir Amani, a resident of Bukavu, the simple act of getting around has become a nightmare, stating that everyone is starting to walk; even students and children are walking due to the lack of transportation.
On the other hand, taxi drivers argue that there is no solution despite the planned meeting to set prices, many fuel retailers are breaking the rules.