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Archive March 2013

Small Miners – from Digging in Danger to Becoming Legal

Dakar – Congolese small-scale miner Elizabeth Tshimanga has made a successful living from prospecting. But like many artisanal miners in Africa, hers has been a long and tough journey marred by harassment and disputes over her legal status as a miner. The 50-year-old started working in Kasai region in central Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the age of 25, before moving to neighbouring Angola where she continued mining diamonds.

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Tsofa: A documentary film about Congolese immigrants in Romania

Mar29

Congolese (Brazzaville) filmmaker Rufin Mbou Mikima has uploaded* his latest documentary “Tsofa” to YouTube. The film tells the story of a group of Congolese men, many of them highly qualified university graduates who got offered a 600 euro/month job by a Romanian company to go and work as taxi drivers in Bucharest, the European country’s capital.

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Not Yet Banking on BRICS

Although leaders of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa group agreed to launch a new development funding institution, giving the club a major infrastructure boost, some here are sceptical about the potential impact of the new bank.

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EC report on social impacts of biofuels is a whitewash

While welcoming the European Commission’s ambitions on climate and energy presented [yesterday] in a Green Paper, the EC has covered up the negative social impacts of Europe’s biofuel policies by severely underestimating the amount of biofuels-related land grab in Africa and the impacts on global food prices in an EC report also out [yesterday], claims international anti-poverty agency ActionAid.

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CAR: Remain a free and independent servant of democracy

Wednesday March 27th mark[ed] the 13thanniversary of Radio Ndeke Luka.  However in a flash of an eye, our story is under the radar, there will be no celebration this time.  The three days of conflict and flak that the radio has endured will not allow for any kind of celebration.

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Looking for Answers after CAR Coup D’etat

Harare (Zimbabwe) – Days after the sudden fall of the Central African Republic to Séléka rebels, questions are being raised about the circumstances surrounding the hasty departure of President Francois Bozizé.

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