Up to 20 million people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo depend on the illegal mining minerals as their sole source of income, according to intelligence agencies. 80 percent of the minerals in the DR Congo are smuggled out of the country into Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania. Diamonds, gold an tantalum are… Continue reading Number of Illegal Miners in the DR Congo
Rebels with the March 23 Movement (M23) in the Democratic Republic of Congo smuggled 12 tons of gold worth $500 Million a year, according to US based NGO Enough Project. The gold is smuggled from illegal mines into neighboring Uganda and Burundi, where it is then sold to brokers in the United Arab Emirates. The… Continue reading Value of Gold Smuggled by Rebels out of Congo
Between 2010 and 2013, around 1,000 elephants were killed by poachers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The elephants are killed for their ivory which is sold on the black market in Asia. As of 2013, there are an estimated 7,000 elephants remaining in the wild in the DRC, compared to 100,000 that were roaming… Continue reading Number of Elephants Poached in the DRC
The New York Times reported on the various tactics that elephant ivory poachers are deploying against park rangers in Central Africa. Experts are reporting that the poachers are using former soldiers who are employing military tactics to kill rangers that come across their activities. In Kenya, six rangers were killed during 2012. In the Democratic… Continue reading Tactics of Elephant Poachers in Central Africa
A United Nations employee who was tasked with driving an official UN Jeep was arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo for trafficking minerals.
Up to 80 percent of the minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo are smuggled out of the country by planes, cars and barges.
Up to $1.24 Billion in illicit gold and other precious minerals is trafficked out of the Democratic Republic of Congo each year.