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Conflict in the DRC: 5 articles that explain what's gone wrong

By Julius Maina, Regional Editor East Africa
Kagure Gacheche, Commissioning Editor, East Africa
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For nearly three decades, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been embroiled in violence. Millions of people have been killed, and an estimated 5.6 million others displaced by civil wars, local feuds and cross-border conflicts.

Studies have identified several reasons for the persistence of war, especially in the volatile east of the country. These include ethnic intolerance, the illegal exploitation of the country’s vast natural resources and a Congolese elite that benefits from the chaos.

Neighbouring countries – including Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and


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