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Vol 49 No 23

Published 14th November 2008


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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