In the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo, thousands of miners are illegally
working the Shinkolobwe mine in the southeastern province of Katanga. Under
the Congos colonial ruler, Belgium, the mine produced high-grade uranium
ore used in the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombs. In July, U.N. officials expressed
fears that undocumented uranium ore leaving the mine could make its way into
the hands of terrorists.
Read the Geotimes Web Extra [July 30, 2004] for the full story on uranium mining in the Congo.
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