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Mining sites in eastern Congo – The most creative names

A miner from Kamatanda, one of the mining areas in the Katanga - It is well documented that thousands of children also work in these mines - Kobler visited the area on 7  Feb 2014

In late 2013, the International Peace Information Service, or IPIS, updated its mapping of mineral sites in eastern Congo. As the first map of its kind, it shows the location of nearly 800 mining sites and 85 trading centres, including information about armed groups presence and involvement, and the scale of the mining activity. IPIS has provided a short analysis of the data.

Together with my colleague Fidel Bafilemba I recently took a closer look at the map. For one, we were amazed by the creativity of naming mining sites in eastern Congo. Below is a list of our favorites:

  • 40-45
  • Afrika
  • Bahati ya Imbwa (Luck of a dog)
  • Benection Divine (Devine benediction)
  • Bethlehem
  • Camp Avocat (Lawyer’s camp)
  • Cesar
  • Dieu-Merci (Thanks, lord)
  • Disco
  • Dubai
  • Etas-Unis (USA)
  • Geneve
  • Gomora
  • Israel
  • Japon (Japan)
  • Jeunes pour jeunes (Youth for Youth)
  • Jerusalem
  • Kitumba (Dead body)
  • Koweit (Kuwait)
  • Kurestaurant (To the restaurant)
  • La Grace (Grace)
  • Lata Bien (Dress well)
  • Liberation
  • Lumbuzi (Big goat)
  • Ma Boutique (My shop)
  • Mabele Mokonzi (Soil, the leader)
  • Masumu (Sins)
  • Mayi ya moto (Hot water)
  • Mazarau (Scorn)
  • Mbinguni (In heaven)
  • Misri (Egypt)
  • Monde Arabe (Arab world)
  • Mungu Iko (The lord exists)
  • Rwanda
  • Santa-Maria
  • Tusongembele (To go forward)
  • Vatican/Kasana
  • Vis a Vis


One thought on “Mining sites in eastern Congo – The most creative names

  1. I appreciate, result in I discovered exactly what I was looking for.

    You’ve ended my four day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day.


    Posted by своё | May 20, 2015, 2:32 am

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