In 1995, when I was teaching at the faculty of economics and development in Kinshasa, a young man who had just been ordained a priest approached me cautiously with a revealing question: ‘My father, I have a young brother who is army officer stationed in Katanga. He could sell uranium: would you not have an address in Belgium that he could contact?’ Quite astonished, I answered: ‘My son’ — since I had a white beard and taught at a catholic university, he assumed I was a missionary, so I left him in the conviction that we were having a chat between two persons in a shared world — ‘do you know what one uses uranium for?’ His answer was candid and straightforward: ‘Yes, one can use it for generating electricity and atom bombs.’


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