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Charred by charcoal

Ali, Taskeen (2014) Charred by charcoal. LSE Research Festival 2014, The London School of Economics and Political Science, GBR. (Submitted)

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A boy borne down with charcoal on his chukudu (home-made cycle), Goma. In an environment where the rebel groups have established a shadow state and economy in a political economy framed by war, charcoal as a necessity is traded every day in Goma, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It is this charcoal trading that allows the boy to survive; it then bites back with violence that is financed by the very same things. In contrast to existing scholarship on internationally traded high value commodities and conflict, for the first time, my initial research has found that charcoal as a locally traded low value good is funding and sustaining the conflict in North Eastern DRC. Rebel groups in collaboration with the Congolese army and local farmers generate ‘black money’ from this trade as a means for survival.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2014 09:31
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 18:00
Projects: LSE Research Festival 2014

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