Huts and smallholdings are seen from a helicopter in the southern Congolese province of Katanga

 
Huts and smallholdings are seen from a helicopter in the southern Congolese province of Katanga
Huts and smallholdings are seen from a helicopter in the southern Congolese province of Katanga, January 30, 2013. Katanga, a province roughly the size of Spain, was the heart of central Africa's colonial mining industry, its growth fuelled by Belgium's Union Miniere du Haut Katanga, which produced tonne upon tonne of copper and also the uranium for the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945. Decades of corruption and a brutal civil war brought Katanga to its knees. A period of relative stability since the 2003 peace deal and elections that followed - combined with high metal prices - brought private miners, and officials say Congo's copper exports jumped to 600,000 tonnes in 2012, from under 20,000 a decade ago. Picture taken January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Clara Ferreira-Marques