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Human tragedy, environmental nightmare


Sunday's New York Times fronted a 3500-word piece by Lydia Polgreen on a tin mine in eastern Congo that is emblematic of many of the ills that have befallen that region in the last decade. Controlled by a "renegade brigade" of Congo's military, the mine is worked by thousands of men in the middle of the jungle -- there are no roads to the mine, nor the town that has sprung up to serve it -- about 80 miles east of Goma, a border town with Rwanda that is the site of one of the world's largest and oldest refugee camps.