The looting of Katanga
According to Pambazuka News, Global Witness has issued a report on the massive looting that has taken place recently in Katanga, the southeastern province of the DR Congo.
According to the NGO, whose purpose is to monitor corruption and human rights abuses linked to resource exploitation, some $1 billion left Katanga during the year 2005. Bear in mind that's just for one single province of the country.
That amounts to about $18 for every single person in the entire country. That might not sound like a lot but the average Congolese's income is $100 per year.
And if that much money is being looted from a single province, albeit the most mineral rich one, imagine how much is being lost in the rest of the country.
If the theme sounds familiar, it should.