This report is the second in a series of updates following an initial report on conflict motives in the Congolese province of Katanga. It analyses the most important security developments from December 2007 until May 2008.
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December 2007-May 2008
This report is the second in a series of updates following the initial report of June 2007 “Mapping Interests in Conflict Areas: Katanga” (for the first update, see below).
The web maps
We have published an updated version of the FARDC and Mayi-Mayi maps. For this update, because of the preponderant role of natural resources as a motivating factor for the armed groups and the FARDC, we decided to produce a web map combining the maps ‘Conflict actors’ and ‘Natural resources’. On this map, only the most important minerals were now selected and a layer ‘Fourth category natural resources’ was created to replace the ‘Other resources’ with their generic symbol.
The new Incidents map shows the important security incidents involving armed groups or FARDC for the period November/December 2007 to April/May 2008.
For reasons explained in the report, in this update our information on positions and incidents of the Mitwaba territory is more detailed than that of the other Katangese territories.
On all the maps secondary rivers (streams), minor roads and the limits of sectors/chiefdoms were added.
Due to the lack of reliable and complete cartographical data, the location of the following places is approximate: Kisengo, Kilunga (‘Natural resources’ and ‘Incidents’), Kintya (‘FARDC’ and ‘Incidents’), Shamwana (‘Mayi-Mayi’). Information regarding other places that could not be located was attached to the capital of the territory, or to a known place close-by.
The link below will lead you to a webpage with 5 different maps that can be selected from the drop down menu on the right side of the screen.
Instructions for use: see above
Please note the following:
- ‘Mayi-Mayi’ map: when clicking on a ‘Mayi-Mayi’ symbol directly on the map, only one table will appear for that specific place, i.e. a table with information on only one Mayi-Mayi group. In some cases though, in one place more than one group is present, or, when a village with Mayi-Mayi presence could not be located, the information on it was attached to the capital of the territory (e.g. Mitwaba). You can retrieve the complete information on all the Mayi-Mayi groups connected with a specific place by choosing the ‘Lists’ function on the screen below.
- ‘Incidents’ map: when clicking on an ‘Incident’ symbol directly on the map, only one table will appear for that specific place, i.e. a table with information on only one incident, while in some cases in one place more than one incident took place. You can retrieve the complete information on all the incidents in a specific place by choosing the ‘Lists’ function on the screen below.
- When clicking on a symbol in a specific map, it may happen that an information table from another map shows up. In that case, click on your browser’s ‘Refresh’ button, go back to the chosen map and try again.