By Bureau of Study, Observation, and Coordination of the Regional Development of Walikale (BEDEWA)

Where does civil society stand? It is divided. A large chunk of civil society has strayed from the traditional vision and mission of civil society. It has committed to supporting and defending the interests of mining companies and mining operators. And it is this camp that is most listened to. However, another part of civil society, likely the minority group, continues to play its role of defending the society and general public interest by focusing on the positive impact mineral exploitation should have on the development of local entities. This section of civil society has not ceased to expose the link between trade in minerals and the proliferation of armed groups, entailing armed conflict, mass rape of women, human rights violations and death.

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