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Congo's Curse - DRC

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Published on Aug 17, 2007

July 2006
The militias, formed during Congo's civil war, now control much of the country's natural resources. The government faces a big problem disarming them.

The war may officially be over, but the militias remain. "Gold is the reason why every year, we have war and rebellions", states Ngabu Adirodu. It is still too dangerous for aid workers to travel without military escorts. The population is trapped between rival militias and the new army and many towns have been deserted. As one man states: "We are as afraid of the army as the militias."

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