Colin Thomas-Jensen


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The Violence Behind Congo’s Mineral Trade Article

The Violence Behind Congo’s Mineral Trade

The lack of state authority coupled with abundant natural wealth in Congo allows armed groups to control mines, to control taxation routes, and to make tons of money. And in the case of eastern Congo we estimate that armed groups make anywhere from $100 to $180 million last year from taxation and trade in illegal minerals.

Colin Thomas-Jensen

Past Due Report
Three FDLR soldiers sit after after surrendering to the Congolese army; they are watched by Congolese soldiers on the outskirts of the city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (AP/Riccardo Gangale)

Past Due

ENOUGH report urges using a “3Ps” strategy to neutralize the FDLR and build momentum for an inclusive peace process in eastern Congo.