To go with feature-BC Congo-Minerals.
Congolese miners bag raw chunks of cassiterite, the base element of tin, which is at a 15-year high on world markets due to a global shortage. The sudden price increase has fuelled deadly power struggles in the bush, where gold and diamonds are also mined by peasants in rags who dig by hand using hammers About 10 flights transport some $50,000 worth of cassiterite daily or nearly $1 million monthly from the remote, mineral-rich forests of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Fighting continues in the vast central African state despite peace deals to end a five-year war that killed more than three million people, most from hunger and disease. Picture taken July 24, 2004. NO RIGHTS CLEARANCES OR PERMISSIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS IMAGE. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly FOR/TM/ACM