Comptoirs : Houses and Containers
Corruption is institutionalised. Consequently, the mineral exploitation brings little benefit to the Congolese society.
Mineral processing warehouses (known as comptoirs) thrive in some districts in Goma city. Many of those minerals come from mines controlled by armed groups. The profits produced by this business finances the construction of mansions on Lake Kivu.
These planes, full to capacity, mainly carry tin and coltan
The sound of airplanes and jets constitute part normal life in Goma. It is a recurrent noise in the background. Every hour, in a never ending trickle, another jet flies over the city.
Years after the first free elections in the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the violence continues in this country. Hundreds of thousands of people are still displaced, as a direct consequence of inadequate governance and impunity. The illegal trade of minerals is one the direct causes of this chaos.
Many people prefer this violent status quo to become permanent so as to continue making profits from the lucrative trade in minerals. They fish in troubled water, in a place where people are less important than minerals.
Meanwhile, the civilian population, almost totally defenceless, continues to be victim of systematic murder, rape and plunder.
(Source: Fishing In Troubled Waters)