A UPC (Union of Congolese Patriots) fighter controls workers at the gold mine in Iga Barriere, 18 June 2003, Ituri region, northeast of Democratic Republic of Congo. The region' s huge gold deposits have played a key role in destabilizing a region where interethnic clashes  have claimed some 50, 000 lives since 1993, prompting a major international force to deploy in Bunia, the regional capital    AFP PHOTO ERIC FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP via Getty Images)