How ‘blood mineral’ traders in Rwanda are helping fund Congo rebels – and undermining global supply chains

New evidence from a United Nations report and a high-profileinvestor arbitration case is casting a spotlight on Rwanda’s role in sophisticated smuggling networks that extract gold and coltan from Congolese conflict zones and funnel the strategically important minerals illicitly into the global supply chain for consumer products such as cellphones, computers and jewellery.

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DR Congo: Forced labour eclipses schoolwork

Children, some “younger than eight”, working at a brick quarry in Bukama. Photo taken last week by our Observer.
Children, some “younger than eight”, working at a brick quarry in Bukama. Photo taken last week by our Observer.

School principals in Bukama, a city in southern Democratic Republic of Congo, have found a rather unorthodox way to renovate their schools’ buildings for free: under the cover of “handicrafts” workshops, students — often very young ones — are building the bricks themselves in clay quarries, rather than studying.

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June 15th Carnival of Dirt

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le vendredi 15 juin la communauté Congolaise de Londres est invité a prendre part au Carnaval des Crasseux a 10 h30 , station de metro Saint Paul , St Paul , London ec4m 8

Cette marche en collaboration avec Ocupy London,  Free West Papua Campaign, Philippine Indigenous Peoples Links, No Tar Sands, Foil Vedanta, Colombian Solidarity Campaign, Tatiana Giraud Foundation, Gaia Foundation, Latin American Mining Monitoring Programme, Government of the Dead, Frack Off, London Mining Network, UK Uncut, et plusieurs autres… Continue reading “June 15th Carnival of Dirt”

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