The Lobito Corridor between Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo is a game-changer in the new scramble for Africa’s mineral riches.
By John Grobler, published on 2014-04-10 by Pambazuka News, Issue 673
As the United Nations Group of Experts implicated Rwanda and later on Uganda, the world especially the Western world reacted with tough actions suspending aid to the tiny Central African nation, which many agrees has recovered so quickly from the 1994 genocide.
By Richard Mgamba, The Guardian on Sunday, Tanzania
By Fiona Lloyd-Davies, for the Pulitzer Center, 13 May 2013 — At the top of a mountain, deep in the rock face, men are mining for cassiterite with the most basic of tools – a hammer and chisel. They’re artisanal miners at Kalimbi, a mine in South Kivu, Eastern Congo, that produces tin ore.
Congolese-Australian journalist Eric Mwamba went on a search to find the secret behind the riches of the Congolese elite. Many of his witnesses prefered staying anonymous for fear of their lives – which looks like a kind of Congolese omerta. John Vandaele selected Mwamba’s strongest observations and added some personal touches. Continue reading
It was seven days before Christmas eve, the period in which Christians all over the world are busy with shopping and planning for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, but to me it was a scary and memorable day — the day I chatted and lunched with M23 rebels’ top commander, General Sultan Emanuel Makenga, a 39-year-old soldier, who has fought three different wars in three different countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, but still willing to fight till his last blood. Continue reading
Munyonyo, Kampala, 25 Nov – President Yoweri Museveni on Saturday closed the 5th Extraordinary Summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) which took place at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala. Continue reading
Uganda and Rwanda continue to meddle in the Democratic Republic of Congo civil war despite aid sanctions and appeals from the International community, a new United Nations investigation has revealed.
Investigative journalism distinguishes itself from regular journalism by its depth and by a rigorous research process that never merely describes issues or events, but seeks to better serve the public by getting answers to the key questions of ‘why?’ and ‘how?’ Continue reading
FAIR will host a southern Africa regional conference on “Investigating Extractive Industries” during 13-15 August 2012 in Lusaka, Zambia.
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