Parties earn vast sums from illegal trade in minerals

Proceeds from the control of lucrative natural resources, from gold and coltan to charcoal and cows, remain a key driver of the insecurity in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The report by the UN Group of Experts on Congo states that the main parties to the recent fighting - Hutu and Tutsi-aligned rebel groups as well as government forces - continue to earn vast sums from artisanal mines and captured farmland.

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Africa, with its vast and untapped resources, is rapidly becoming the next "Middle East" in terms of foreign countries' battles for its resources at the cost of its people.

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