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July 24, 2004
Under tight security, a Congolese miner in the jungle town of Mubi, July 24, 2004, bags raw chunks of...
Mubi, multiple countries
Under tight security, a Congolese miner in the jungle town of Mubi, bags raw chunks of cassiterite.
Under tight security, a Congolese miner in the jungle town of Mubi, July 24, 2004, bags raw chunks of cassiterite, the base element of tin, which is at a 15-year high on world markets due to a global shortage. The sudden price increase has fueled deadly power struggles in the Congolese bush, where gold and diamonds are also mined by peasants in rags who dig by hand using hammers. About 10 flights transport some $50,000 worth of cassiterite daily or nearly $1 million monthly from the remote, mineral-rich forests of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Fighting continues in the vast central African state despite peace deals to end a five-year war that killed more than three million people, most from hunger and disease. Photo taken on July 24, 2004 REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly FOR/TM
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