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Commodities of War. Communities speak out on a true cost of conflict in Eastern DRC


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Resource type:Research, reports and studies
Keywords:Capacity development, Community-led, Conflict, violence & peace, Protection, human rights & security
Author(s):Van Damme, S.
Date published:1 November 2012

Recent waves of displacement in eastern Democratic Republic of
Congo, affecting more than 760,000 people since the beginning of
2012 in the Kivu provinces alone, reflect a new dimension to the
country’s ongoing crisis. As the Congolese army fights M23 rebels,
localised armed groups are springing up, and areas that were
relatively stable are again under attack. Evidence gathered by
Oxfam in 2012 shows that government soldiers, armed rebels,
police, and civilian authorities are all vying for the right to exploit
local communities and extort money or goods from them, pushing
people further into poverty and undermining their efforts to earn a


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