The Great Bluff Congo May Have Fabricated an Oil Find to Leverage Foreign Aid

After the Republic of Congo announced the discovery of a vast oil field in the rain forest, Western countries rushed to provide development aid in exchange for protecting the environment. Reporting now indicates that the oil reserves may not exist.
By Sven Becker und Fritz Schaap
The businessman Claude Wilfrid Etoka on a poster in Brazzaville

The businessman Claude Wilfrid Etoka on a poster in Brazzaville

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French President Emmanuel Macron with his Congolese counterpart, Denis Sassou-Nguesso in Paris in 2017.

French President Emmanuel Macron with his Congolese counterpart, Denis Sassou-Nguesso in Paris in 2017.

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A bog area in the Republic of Congo's sensitive ecosystem

A bog area in the Republic of Congo's sensitive ecosystem

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The Ngoki test well. (Images from the project website Ledeltadelacuvette.com)

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