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Failure to dig for truth

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In your April 22 story Students mining change, reporter Matt Preprost implies that mining companies are responsible for the deaths of five million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The truth is more complex than that.

The Second Congo War started in 1998, when Uganda and Rwanda invaded the eastern DRC. The roots of the conflict go past the First Congo War, which overthrew Cold War-era president Mobutu Sese Seko with Rwandan help.

Preprost completely overlooks any other causes and events in favour of only blaming mining companies. To ignore the causes of the Second Congo War is disrespectful to those who died in it and the survivors.

ERIC SIEMENS

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 25, 2013 A15

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