Saturday, 7 February 2015

Church of England may sell £3m stake in mining firm over fears for gorilla haven

Move follows film backed by Leonardo DiCaprio and pleas by environmentalists to protect Congo’s Virunga park

Saturday 7 February 2015 20.05 GMT

The Church of England is considering withdrawing its investment in a controversial British mining firm whose operations in a war-torn region of Africahave alarmed both human rights groups and environmentalists.

The church – led by archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, a former oil executive – has said that it may sell its near £3m stake in Soco International unless it receives a number of reassurances from the company, whose decision to carry out a seismic survey in Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo features in an acclaimed documentary backed by Leonardo DiCaprio.

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