http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4601213.stmThe 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."