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In Congo life is far from sweet

Published by MAC on 2006-02-13


In Congo life is far from sweet

13th February 2006

In Congo life is far from sweet

Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong memorably sung of "gold dust at my feet...on the sunny side of the street." Many citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo won't feel like joining that particular chorus. Although the resource conflicts officially ended in 2003, soldiers contine to steal gold resources and harrass villagers.

Last week, too, the World Bank finally released an internal report which found its own political risk insurance arm (MIGA) guilty of lack of due diligence, when assessing risks posed by Anvil Mining company's operations in Kilwa.

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