In the Democratic Republic of Congo conflict is never far off. This is in part due to conflict minerals, the mining of which contributes to the perpetuation and aggravation of a cycle of violence. In the vast Okapi Wildlife Reserve, mining is illegal. But that doesn't limit the lengths to which people are willing to go to fight for the gold and other natural resources.
Consumers who want to know about the origin of their basmati rice, can read about the lush, green foothills of the Himalayas depicted on product packaging. But the reality appears far less appealing. This (interactive) documentary about the human and environmental costs of rice (photo by Adriane Ohanesian)
The Netherlands is a major international arms dealer. The export value since 2004 adds up to almost 30 billion euros. This business is great for the national economy, but it also creates risks. The Netherlands does not want these weapons end up in the wrong hands: with groups deemed the enemy or in countries with a questionable reputation on human rights. To asses these risks we started a collaboration with Bellingcat and the data-journalism team of KRO-NCRV: a track & trace of the Dutch arms.