Stories: Natural Resources

  • Blood Diamonds and Religious War: Diamonds and Division

    The Central African Republic is one of the poorest countries in the world, but it is also rich in natural resources. One of the official mining sectors has collapsed amid the country's ongoing conflict, and now both sides are benefitting from the illicit trade of gold and diamonds. Clashes over control of the many mines have also created religious...

  • Few Jobs Despite Booming Mozambique Economy

    Women sell charcoal at a market - one of hundreds ringing the Mozambican capital, Maputo. Photo: Getty Images Beto Magumane Cossa was orphaned at 14 when his father was killed by a woman with whom he was having an affair. Alone and with no other family living in Magude, a rural district 155km from the capital Maputo's shopping malls...

  • Kazakhstan: No Longer Butt of Joke

    It doesn’t take more than a few minutes in Astana — Kazakhstan’s futuristic new capital — to make you forget what little you may have assumed about the country, most of it no doubt from a certain Sacha Baron Cohen movie. Until about a decade ago, Astana was “an insignificant provincial town,...