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Vol 3 (AAC) No 5

Published 1st March 2010


Congo-Kinshasa

How militias control the mines

Politicians, businessmen, the army and rebels are all caught up in the illegal mining and smuggling of minerals destined for lucrative Asian markets

Prominent Congolese businessmen with connections to rebel groups in the conflict-ridden North and South Kivu Provinces are largely responsible for the illegal export of quantities of tin and tantalum to Asia via Rwanda, according to research produced by United Nations experts. The trade is facilitated by international companies based in Rwanda.

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