Fueling the War

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This project explores sides of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo that are often ignored in the media. Through data journalism methods, the project shows how the war is big business.

  • €15,200 Budget in Euros
  • 2015 Final release date
  • 2 Round winner
  • 1 Location
  • 7 Durations in months

After 20 years of killings and more that five million deaths, the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is one of the poorest, unstable and underdeveloped areas on earth. With more than 300 army groups and the most expensive UN military deployments, the war is ongoing due to illegal blood mineral traffic and other violent interests that appears to make war more profitable than peace. The multimedia project 'Fueling the War' intends to analyse the dirty interests involved in this never-ending conflict.

This project explores sides of the conflict in the DRC that are often ignored in the media. Through data journalism methods, the project shows how the war is big business. The results are published online and include the following: statistics revealing various areas, such as the salary of a miner in the DRC, the relation of the extracted amount of mineral and the perceived salary; how much NGOs spend on security, logistics, salaries and consultancy services; and how much NGOs invest in real projects on the ground.

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