A serious setback in the DRC.

Position:Democratic Republic of the Congo

At the end of April 2007, Wesgro, a trade development agency in South Africa, issued a report on the results of a visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The advice to members was succinct: "The DRC is not a market for the faint hearted."

This is all the more true as the security situation declines in several of the country's provinces. On July 30, 2007, Afrol News, an agency headquartered in Kroderen, Norway, with bureaus in Africa, filed a report with the following lead: The DRC, "has been reeling with the effects of devastating conflicts, which according to the Humanitarian Affairs Minister . . . results [in] the displacement of at least six million people in recent years."

The most recent security problems originated at the beginning of 2007 following a breakdown of a tentative rapprochement between the DRC government and a prominent warlord in the north. There is a renewal of conflict reminiscent of the struggles of the nearly eight year civil war, which ostensibly ended in 2002. Elections in 2006 held out some promise of stability, but the promise was short lived.

Afrol News reported on July 19, 2007 that "more than 160,000 Congolese have abandoned their homes," since the collapse of government/rebel accords...

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