[Marxism] Mining, Poverty and Politics in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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A Glittering Demon: Mining, Poverty and Politics in the  Democratic Republic 
of Congoby Michael  Deibert, Special to CorpWatch  
June 26th,  2008 
In the heart of the war-scarred Ituri region in northeastern Congo, some 200  
mud-covered men pan for traces of gold in the muddy brown waters. 
Working for the Congolese owners of Manyida camp, the miners are  following a 
map of the site made by the Belgians, the country’s former colonial  rulers. 
“It’s very difficult, punishing work,” says Adamo Bedijo, a 32 year-old  
university graduate from the central city of Kisangani. “We are not paid, we  
work until we hit the vein of gold and hope that will pay us…The government has  
abandoned us, so I am forced to endure all this suffering.” 
Bedijo is one of Ituri’s estimated 70,000 artisanal miners, some of  whom are 
former employees of state mining concerns that collapsed during the  country’
s long-running civil war. Two years after the first democratic elections  in 
40 years, informal arrangements such as Manyida are operating alongside the  
many foreign multinationals rushing in to tap the Democratic Republic of Congo’s 
 (DRC) extensive mineral resources.  
The way foreign multinationals have gained entry into Congo, and the  
business methods they use, raise significant questions for a nation at historic  
crossroads. Will the DRC move forward to become more responsive to its nearly 67  
million people scattered across an area as large as Western Europe, or will 
the  tradition of rape-as-governance continue? 
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