Kolwezi Congo Shopping
Image copyright Reuters Image caption Miners traversed a pan of sediment in April last year and worked their way up a mountain in Kivu, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. I visit a depot where dozens of merchants, Congolese and foreign, buy and sell goods from cruisers who arrive on bicycles with bags full of minerals.
Michel Dibwe, my guide, explains that the isolation of Camp Bravo has damaged the local economy. In the past, the paydays in the mines here in Katanga meant a steady stream of gold, silver, copper and other precious metals. They immediately attract migrants from around the world seeking work, many from Africa, South Africa and the United States.
There are an estimated 2 million artisanal miners throughout Congo, and millions more depend on their meagre yields. At a ratio of one inspector, the DRC would hire 784 labour inspectors for every 1,000 workers, according to the UN.
The city of Kolwezi is located on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo in the north - east of the Congo, and therefore a flight would take four hours. From there, it goes to the city's largest copper mine, where it is melted down to produce concentrated copper for copper mining and other industrial uses such as mining equipment and equipment for gold and silver mining. From there, it will go to its largest copper mine, the Kinshasa copper mine in the northeastern province of Kivu in Congo, which will also be melted down to extract concentrate.
The intention is to open up the possibility of exporting copper and other minerals from Kolwezi and obviously facilitate imports from the coast of Lubumbashi. The only obstacle is the lack of access to the port city of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the north-east.
Crime in Congo is out of control due to the constant security instability, coupled with a failed state and lack of investment in infrastructure and infrastructure development. In eastern Congo, civilians were attacked, many killed and injured, and in mid-December 2018, when at least 535 people were killed, attacks took place in Kinshasa alone.
Despite these allegations, the NDC-R continues to cooperate with the Congolese army in the areas controlled by the group, which is the largest and largest of all other armed groups in Congo.
The irony is that Freeport has been grudgingly recognised as an international company here to revive Katanga's mining industry. Jean-Paul Mutamba concludes: "Freeport is not properly looking after its own long-term interests. The enclave is called Camp Bravo and miners who can't find official work are looking up the hill for scrap metal to sell to middlemen.
I agree that this should be made an international crime, not only by the International Criminal Court, but also by international law enforcement authorities.
The Sheka have been involved in numerous atrocities in eastern Congo and are wanted for alleged crimes against humanity, including mass rape. Congolese security forces, who were arrested for allegedly using excessive force to thwart an attempted assassination of 38 Burundian asylum seekers in September and injure more than 100 others, began on 28 June and are continuing at the time of this publication. The process of handing over the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo (MONUSCO) began on 27 November 2018 and has been / is ongoing until the date of drafting. The Congolese authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the former head of the National Security Council of the Congo and a member of his secret service, the National Intelligence and Security Service (SIS), for his alleged involvement in the murder of a woman in Kinshasa, Congo, on 7 June.
The government has detained 111 children for alleged links to armed groups, in violation of a 2012 directive requiring that children detained for their alleged involvement in armed conflicts be immediately transferred to the UN.
The DRC has established thirteen commercial courts in Kinshasa, including the Kikwit and Boma courts, the majority of which are located in the Archdiocese of Kinhas, while only the "Kikwit" and "Boma" courts seem to function reasonably well. The Catholic Church of the Democratic Republic of Congo is part of the worldwide Catholic Church, which is under the spiritual guidance of a Pope in Rome. Pope Benedict XVI and his successor Pope Francis are ordinary members of this Pontifical Academy of Life.
Not for the faint-hearted: the sprawling city of Kinshasa, with more than 1.5 million inhabitants, has a great nightlife, cultural offerings and music. It is usually safe during daylight hours, but travellers are urged to be aware of criminal activity around hotels and shops targeting non-Congolese. We deliver to hundreds of thousands of cities around the world, including adjacent countries, and we travel to many other countries, such as the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea and many others.