Rwanda army masses on Congo border

November 28th, 2004  
Duty Honor Country

Topic: Rwanda army masses on Congo border

Conflict looms in row over clandestine mining of mineral riches

Rory Carroll in Walikale
Sunday November 28, 2004
The Observer

Rwanda massed thousands of troops on its border with Congo yesterday as a scramble for mineral wealth risked fresh conflict in Africa's Great Lakes region.

A clandestine network of plunder - illegally mining precious metals in the jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo - has pushed neighbouring Rwanda to the brink of another invasion.

Rwanda's President, Paul Kagame, said his objective was to wipe out Hutu militants sheltering across the border, but there was evidence of an additional reason: protecting Rwanda's riches...