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Gold Rush Fuels Dr Congo Crisis Stock PhotoAbandoned,Adolescence,Africa,Bucket,Child,Democratic Republic of the Congo,Dirt,Employment and Labor,Gold Rush,Human Interest,Industry,Lifestyles,Looking,Men,Mine,Miner,Mineral,Mining,Mud,People,Politics,Scarce,Scraping,War,Working,Young AdultPhotographer Spencer PlattCollection: Getty Images News 2006 Getty ImagesMONGBWALU, CONGO - MARCH 28: A line of men pass up buckets of dirt and mud while looking for gold at an abandoned industrial mine on March 28, 2006 in Mongbwalu, CongoThousands of Congolese scrape together meagre livings from mining. Gold and other mineral deposits, which are numerous in the volatile north-east of the country, have become a catalyst to much of the conflict in Congo. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country that loses an estimated 1,400 people per day due to war since 1998, is struggling to hold Presidential elections this summer. The volatile East of the country, which is situated hundreds of miles from the capital Kinshasa, has been the focal point of continued violence. Numerous militias and warlords have vied for control of the mineral rich eastern Congo for decades, creating instability and continued bloodshed. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)