The Democratic Republic of Congo

Candidate Degree dissertation submitted October 22, 2001 - 'Foreign Aid to Rwanda: Purely Beneficial or Contributing to War?' - Read how the Rwandan mafia, known as the Akazu, uses foreign aid and Congolese resources to keep itself in power. I also document how official records prove that Rwanda has an export of coltan, gold, and diamonds that does not match its domestic production.

Rebel Leader Confirms What Western Donors Deny: Uganda Plunders Congo
Both Uganda and Rwanda use their extensive military presence in Congo to exploit that country financially, rebel leader Wamba Dia Wamba tells Aktuelt (Danish daily Aktuelt January 22, 2001, by Gunnar Willum)

Civil War Financed by Diamonds and Donors: Struggle for the Treasures Below
The diamond trade in Congo goes on undisturbed by the war. It is a profitably business, which furthermore helps financing the war ( Danish daily Aktuelt January 18, 2001)

Is Congo Without Kabila?
Last night a Congolese Ambassador once again asserted that President Laurent Kabila was alive, albeit badly injured (Danish daily Aktuelt January 18, 2001)

500,000 Refugees Disappeared in One Day
Information about the massacres of refugees in the former Zaire in 1996 was never released. The United States was involved in keeping the information secret, says an official in the US Department of State (Danish daily Information July 25, 2000, by Gunnar Willum)

Uganda 'Plunders' DRC, Rewarded by World Bank
This rather uncharitable article on Uganda's involvement in Congo by freelance journalists GUNNAR WILLUM and BJØRN WILLUM was published in Aktuelt of Denmark June 17. We reproduce it virtually unedited to give readers a feel of what the feeling is in some circles about Uganda's exploits in Congo (Ugandan daily The Monitor June 21, 2000)

World Bank Awards Illegal Financing of Army: Uganda Encouraged to Pillage Congo
Uganda resorts to extra-budgetary financing of its military by plundering gold- and diamondmines in neighboring Congo. The World Bank, however, claims that Uganda is living up to donor conditions of not spending more than 2 percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product on the military. Therefore Uganda has become the first country in the world to be nominated for debt relief amounting to 2 billion dollars (Danish daily Aktuelt June 17-18, 2000)