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NEWS: Uranium Free-For-All in the Congo

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posted on Mar, 25 2004 @ 10:05 AM
The Shinkolobwe uranium mine in Congo is closed, but a BBC reporter found 6,000 miners working there. Not only are the workers involved in the mining in danger, but the rest of the world is in danger from the uranium found there. Uranium from this very mine was used to make the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WWII. The IAEA, which is the UN's nuclear watchdog, is worried about the distribution of the uranium from the mine.

Authorities in DR Congo say they need help from the international community to control access to a mine which has produced uranium for nuclear bombs.

The government says it shut down the mine, but the BBC's Arnaud Zajtman found 6,000 illegal miners at work. They are extracting large amounts of material containing cobalt, copper, platinum and uranium, says our correspondent.
The uranium is allegedly sold to nearby furnaces operated mainly by private businessmen from China and India. It is then reportedly illegally exported to the world market via neighboring Zambia.

The Congo government claims that they are unaware of the mine's status. Congo's government has been made weak by years of war, and the mine is over 1,200 miles from the capital. Meanwhile, a uranium free-for-all is taking place under their nose. Even if the uranium is not refined, it could be used to create a dirty bomb that would disperse radioactive material throughout a city.

posted on Mar, 25 2004 @ 10:18 AM
Thats bad news.
Hope they dont sell any uranium to terrorists or North Korea or something.

posted on Mar, 25 2004 @ 09:33 PM
It's probably already happened... A long long time ago.

I bet its been traded for the exact purpose of making dirty bombs

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