Entry Title: "War for minerals"
Name: Erberto Zani , Switzerland
Category and Expertise: General News|War/Conflict|Deeper Perspective, Professional


Entry Description: Republic Democratic of Congo, North Kivu.Coltan and manganese are rare metals used to make mobile phones and computers. The market value is so high as to have aroused the interest of multinational corporations and criminal organizations:Under the supervision of the buyers in Rwanda, soldiers and police control the territory, exploiting the local population and reselling its natural resources: the proceeds are used to buy other weapons that provide additional power, thus creating a vicious circle it is difficult to break. Under control of Nyatura, men work at the Mudere mine, near Rubaya, some 9 kms from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo city of Goma.

Story: Republic Democratic of Congo, North Kivu, Masisi, Rubaya. Coltan and manganese are rare metals used to make mobile phones and computers. The market value is so high as to have aroused the interest of multinational corporations and criminal organizations: in order to destabilize the political situation and take control of the mining business at a reasonable price, financial backing is given to armed groups waging war on one another. Under the supervision of the buyers in Rwanda, soldiers and police control the territory, exploiting the local population and reselling its natural resources: the proceeds are used to buy other weapons that provide additional power, thus creating a vicious circle it is difficult to break. Under control of Nyatura, men work at the Mudere mine, near Rubaya, some 9 kms from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo city of Goma, digging for cassiterite, coltan, and manganese which are used in mobile telephones and computers.

About the Artist:

Erberto Zani is a photographer, journalist and communication designer. Freelance since 2008, his works are focused on documentary-social themes. He cooperates with No Profit Organizations, magazines and companies with photographs and graphics projects focused especially on awareness-fundraising campaigns. He lives in Basel, Switzerland.