To go with feature-BC Congo-Minerals.
Bullet holes pepper a road sign in the Congolese jungle town of Walikale, where armed groups have clashed recently for control over the area's vast mineral resources, including gold, diamonds and cassiterite, the base element of tin, which is at a 15-year high on world markets due to a global shortage. Fighting continues in the Democratic Republic of Congo despite peace deals to end a five-year war that killed more than three million people in the central African country, most from hunger and disease. Picture taken July 23, 2004. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly FOR/TM/ACM