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Congo Looting Keeps East Awash in Guns

“I will die in Congo,” the Nigerian businessman declared. “I make so much money, I can never leave!” he explained. His Ukrainian colleague grinned in agreement. It was 2003, and the young African trader was explaining to visitors why he had braved east Congo’s violence to develop a local trading firm with European and Congolese partners. Two years on, and Congolese here say there has been no let up in the race for gold and diamonds in northeast Ituri, a mining region that hit the headlines this month when nine U.N. peacekeeping troops were murdered by militia fighters. Full Story

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