Congo : Gold rush fuels DR Congo's pain

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The New York-based pressure group Human Rights Watch has published a damning report about the exploitation of the rich gold fields which lie in the conflict zones in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

It says ethnic militias, armed Congolese factions, the governments of neighbouring countries and international companies all turn a blind eye to the most appalling brutality in their scramble for gold

This report is about gold, and about greed.

It is absolutely no coincidence that some of the bitterest fighting in the DR Congo conflict and some of the most abominable treatment of civilians has taken place near Bunia in Ituri District, the site of one of Africa's richest goldfields.

Ugandan and Rwandan troops and a whole range of armed factions and militias fought over the area.

One local resident told Human Rights Watch: "Every time there was a change of armed group, the first thing they did was start digging for gold."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4601213.stm
 

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The lives of Congolese people mean nothing! Why taking the time to post about the Congo Brother Panafrica? Nobody condemn the tyrants and murderers of the Congolese hastily to support "Race first".. Nobody cares!
 

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Kwango_Likemba said:
The lives of Congolese people mean nothing! Why taking the time to post about the Congo Brother Panafrica? Nobody condemn the tyrants and murderers of the Congolese hastily to support "Race first".. Nobody cares!
He's posting because of his 'race first' stance. If he was as ethnocentric as you ( no offence, I don't mean that personally but for lack of a friendlier term ) he would only be concerned with Black America.
 

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African_Prince said:
He's posting because of his 'race first' stance. If he was as ethnocentric as you ( no offence, I don't mean that personally but for lack of a friendlier term ) he would only be concerned with Black America.
I am not "ethnocentric" I am a VICTIM! How dare you!
 
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