ATbar Levy, Dan

Levy, Dan

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Hezbollah's Fundraising Activity in Africa: Focus on the Democratic Republic of Congo

20/03/2013

By using the international financial system to move bulk cash and launder money, and by mixing legitimate activity with criminal operations, Hezbollah has raised millions of dollars internationally to finance its activities. In the past few years, as its Latin American and West African financing rings have been unveiled and disrupted, an important hub for the terror group's fundraising network has appeared in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Analyzing how Hezbollah fundraises by collecting donations, extorting money, entertaining ties with local dictatorships, being involved in the blood diamond trade, engaging in trade-based money-laundering, using financial institutions, practicing human trafficking and counterfeiting; this paper will demonstrate that Hezbollah's fundraising in the DRC is just as sophisticated, if not more, to that in other West African nations.

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