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Vol 49 No 23

Published 14th November 2008


Congo-Kinshasa

How smuggling pays for killing

Most of the Kivu belligerents profit, one way or another, from the two provinces' precious reserves of gold, cassiterite and colombo-tantalite (coltan). Gold and coffee smuggling has been going on for years. A British journalist, Nick Gordon, published a book in 1993 entitled 'Murders in the Mist', claiming that the American primatologist Dian Fossey was killed in 1985 because she happened on a gold-smuggling route between Rwanda and Walikale in North Kivu, run by Rwanda's then Hutu rulers. They were also involved in killing the mountain gorillas she studied.

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