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UN Final Report on the Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo

February 5, 2010

This is UN Report On Eastern Congo issued on November 23, 2009.

UraniumMine at Shikolobwe, Congo. Despite having been closed for four decades, men mine uranium there by hand...

It deals with the military situation on the ground in the Eastern Congo, with the theft of the Congo’s mineral resources by the militias of neighboring countries and the desperate human rights situation. The report is 287 pages long and as a result, its retrieval is slow, but the report is there. It is not easy reading, both because the political connections are complex and the tale told is painful.

The highlights – or lowlights – of the information presented include

  • The Eastern Congo remains in 2010 a zone of war and human suffering
  • Atrocities are being committed on all sides
  • The refugee population continues to grow at an alarming pace
  • The country’s mineral wealth continues to be exploited at a rapid and very profitable rate by what amounts to forced or slave labor. The minerals – gold, diamonds, coltan etc are then spirited across the borders through Rwanda and Uganda and sold to international mining companies
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