Inter-ethnic conflict racks Congo’s mining heartland

By Aaron Ross MUKONDO, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – Nsange’s troubles began with an affair. Pygmy residents of the village in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo caught a Bantu man in bed with a married pygmy woman last year. Retribution was swift: a group of pygmies beat the Bantu to death.     The killing sparked a vicious series of reprisals in this corner of mineral-rich Katanga province. Each side scrambled to form militias, armed with machetes and bows and arrows, that unleashed an orgy of execution, pillage and rape.  Hundreds of its pygmy residents fled. …