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Photo of DRC Soldiers Helping Chinese Small-Scale Miners Sparks Widespread Outrage on Congolese Social Media

FARDC soldiers working in a small scale mine alongside Chinese miners in Bunia in the far eastern province of Ituri.

This image has been circulating widely on Congolese Twitter for the past 24 hours. It shows Chinese miners working together with DRC army soldiers (FARDC) in what appears to be a form of small-scale mining in the town Bunia in the far eastern province of Ituri.

The photo went viral just two weeks after a video appeared showing FARDC soldiers beating a local mining employee while Chinese managers looked on. The Chinese mining company said it regretted what happened, but never apologized or accepted responsibility.

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