Last updated: 11 november, 2010 - 13:59 GMT

Congo's Blood Gold

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Soldiers are present at Omate mine in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Africa's so called First World War raged for five years; from 1998 to 2003 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In reality, the brutal war continues, especially in parts of the east where hundreds of thousands have been killed and many more displaced.

Rebel groups continue to roam the region unchecked, killing, maiming and raping.

The Congolese army has been deployed there in a bid to protect civilians.

The conflict has been largely fuelled by minerals in the region and a BBC investigation has uncovered evidence that a senior general in the Congo used military force to take over a gold mine in return for a promise of the profits.

West Africa correspondent, Thoma Fessy reports.

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