THE WAR OF COLTAN

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There is no peace for Congo. In the northeast of the Democratic Republic, tension remains high, waiting for a new war that seems ever closer and increasingly inevitable. Kinshasa’s army is opposed to the M23 rebels backed by neighboring Rwanda, but the clash, fueled by ethnic as well as political connotations, is, in reality, a diversion to destabilize the entire area in favor of the lucrative illegal trade in coltan, one of the most valuable minerals on the market.

The mining, processing and shipment of coltan are under the control of military groups. And in Rubaya, in the mountainous area of Masisi in North Kivu, it is the Nyatura that are calling the shots.

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