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Rebels Retain Control of Rich Mine in Central African Republic

From the edge of the crater, an armed man barks his orders in broken Sango. Fifty meters down, at the bottom of the giant man-made pit, the miners look up at their new boss. As foreign gold and diamond mine operators fled the conflict in the Central African Republic, anti-balaka militia and Seleka rebels gradually replaced them. In the village of Ndassima, in the eastern C.A.R., the Seleka rebels have taken control of the mine and its revenues. “Now it’s the rebels who buy our gold....

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