Africa: War is Business| 52mins
Director: Frank Vellenga | Producer: ValÃ©rie Schuit
Focus Years: 2006 | Country: Netherlands
"Africa: War is Business" is a documentary that uncovers the system of moneymaking based on warfare in many parts of the world. It reveals the nature of a system that doesnâ€™t stop at national borders, with UN resolutions or apparent peace. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, more then three million people have died in wars since 1998. Paradoxically, the main reason for their deaths is the incredible richness of the country in terms of its natural resources. Millions of dollars worth of these resources have been exported out of the country to the U.S. and Europe for consumer goods such as mobile phones, computers and infrastructural materials. The profits of these trades have reached a negligible percentage of Congoâ€™s people, who instead live in a situation of extreme terror and poverty. The war in Congo is only one example of a widespread system based on stealing of resources by warfare in order to expand the wealth of those who have power: a mechanism known as war economy....