Congo, Democratic Republic of

Campaign of the Month: No Blood in my Cell Phone

Warring groups compete for rich resources. This includes gold, diamonds, copper, uranium, and perhaps most significantly, coltan. The DRC has 65 percent of the world’s coltan deposits. This mineral is valuable for production of electronic devices from cell phones to video game consoles.

The way coltan reaches the market is very unsettling. The military, local militias and rebels are all involved in smuggling. Illicit profits fund these violent groups.

The toll of small arms

Congo remains in the grip of civil war. The reason is clear. A flood of small arms and light weapons undermines the 17,000 United Nations troops' mandate to protect civilians.

Nonviolent action during military action

Taking part in activity against violence is particularly difficult when it is in the face of heavy, often arbitrary and unregulated, violence, as is the case during military action.

Congo, Democratic Republic of

In 1997 the Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo (AFDL), led by Kabila, overthrew the regime of Mobutu, which had lasted for more than 30 years. All former Zairian armed forces were disbanded and the troops of Kabila became the Congolese Armed Forces (FAC). [6]

1 Conscription

conscription exists

The present conscription situation is not certain. Art.

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