|Wars for Africa's Wealth|
13 The Looting
of the Congo
18 Wars for Africa's Wealth - THE FACTS
20 The Arms
in the Rough
5 View from
30 Mixed Media
32 Big Bad
34 Essay -
Decolonization and us
36 Country Profile - Bolivia
Diamond rings. Garden furniture. Mobile phones and gaming consoles.
Africa is vastly
rich in natural resources - the gems, the metals, the minerals - essential
to the manufacture of these consumer items in Western markets. But
is this wealth a blessing or a curse for the poorest continent?
Many of the wars
that have ravaged the continent over the last decade - such as in
Liberia, the Congo, Sierra Leone and Angola - have been fuelled by
the demand for control over diamonds, timber, gold, minerals and oil.
In this month's
NI find out whether the consumer goods you buy are the loot of bloody
conflict - and what you can do about this scandal.