Kilwa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kilwa is a small town, headquarters of Moero Sector, Pweto Territory, Haut-Katanga Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Kilwa
Kilwa is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kilwa
Kilwa
Coordinates: 9°17′10″S 28°20′02″E / 9.286°S 28.334°E / -9.286; 28.334Coordinates: 9°17′10″S 28°20′02″E / 9.286°S 28.334°E / -9.286; 28.334
CountryDemocratic Republic of Congo
ProvinceHaut-Katanga
TerritoryPweto
SectorMoero
Population
 (2005)
 • Total6,000
ClimateAw

Kilwa lies on the west shore of Lake Mweru opposite Kilwa Island, which is part of Zambia.[1] Kilwa is 350 kilometres (220 mi) from Lubumbashi. The population of 6,000 mainly live from fishing.[2] The Cathédrale Saint André is located in Kilwa, which is a seat of the Diocese of Kilwa–Kasenga.[3]

The Dikulushi Mine near Kilwa was operated by Anvil Mining, an Australian company.[4] In October 2004 there was a small-scale uprising in Kilwa which was brutally suppressed by FARDC soldiers of the 62nd Brigade. Anvil Mining Congo was accused of providing logistical support to the troops.[2] The company published a statement by the Traditional Chiefs of Moero Sector that firmly denied any involvement by Anvil in the massacre and that praised the company for the benefits it had brought to the region.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Blaes, X. (October 2008). "Découpage administratif de la République Démocratique du Congo" (PDF). UNOCHA and PNUD. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-08-18.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. ^ a b "Anvil Mining and the Kilwa Massacre, D.R. Congo: Canadian Company Implicated?". MiningWatch Canada. June 16, 2005. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  3. ^ "Cathédrale Saint André". GCatholic. Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  4. ^ Steven Spittaels; Nick Meynen (2007). "Mapping interests in conflict areas: Katanga" (PDF). IPIS. Retrieved 2011-10-30.
  5. ^ "Vote of confidence in Anvil" (PDF). The Anvil. 1 (2). October 2005. Retrieved 2011-11-03.