Bloodshed as fish shortage sparks conflict on Africa's Great Lakes

What you need to know:

  • Kampala has stepped up patrols in recent months to crack down on illegal fishing on Lakes Edward and Albert, straddling Uganda and Congo.

  • Landlocked Uganda's fishing industry accounts for three percent of GDP and employs more than 700,000 people, according to official figures.

  • Uganda has taken a tougher stance, with nearly 100 Congolese arrested, charged and imprisoned for up to four years. 

  • To the south, Rwandan and Congolese fishermen are plying the waters of Lake Kivu to feed fast-growing populations on both shores.



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