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Alex Crawford's Sky News report showed us Dorsen and Richard, little boys who suffered slave conditions to mine cobalt in DR Congo for our smartphones. 44 million people have watched the Facebook version of this film. We asked Sky News to go back and find the boys. They're now safe at Kimbilio, a children's sanctuary. We're asking corporates to help cobalt children.
Richard and Dorsen send a message of thanks

Richard and Dorsen send a message
Ordinary people can make a difference to a child's life >

Badger Hill Primary School send love to the children of Kimbilio

Richard and Dorsen send a message

Thank you, Mr OShea and children. Read more >

LATEST: Apple have responded to our letter and follow-up emails. Apple says it leads the industry and has "strict standards", yet its progress report says their "low performing" suppliers who may use child labour, only risk losing Apple's business. Apple did not mention Richard and Dorsen in their reply. Apple offered no practical support. Surely Apple can do better? We've asked Tim Cook to reconsider.
2 May 2017: Sky went back and offered Dorsen and Richard the chance of a new life. Their fathers agreed they should take it... Dorsen's father, cobalt miner: "We're condemned because we can't send our children to study. But it's because the little money we get isn't enough even to feed them." [Image: Sky News]
The latest news: keep up-to-date with our progress
Do you have a smartphone / tablet / laptop? The cobalt inside the battery may have been mined by Dorsen, 8 and Richard, 11
Dorsen, child cobalt miner

Dorsen, child cobalt miner

Age: 8 years
Employment: From 2 May 2017, ex child labourer in cobalt mine, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Previous hours of work : 12 hours a day
Daily payment was: Erratic. As little as 8p/10¢, nothing
Lifestyle was: Often hungry, in pain, exhausted
Smartphone: Does not own a smartphone

  Richard, child cobalt miner

Richard, child cobalt miner

Age: 11 years
Employment: From 2 May 2017, ex child labourer in cobalt mine, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Previous hours of work : 12 hours a day
Daily payment was: Erratic. As little as 8p/10¢, nothing
Lifestyle was: Often hungry, in pain, exhausted
Smartphone: Does not own a smartphone

 

Meet Dorsen. This was his life. He worked12 hours a day for as little as 8p. This is what hopeless looked like
Shouldn't governments and corporates sort this out? Yes, but they don't, so why should we?
Read our letter to the corporates. We ask them help Dorsen, 8, who is abused by corporates
   
Dorsen   Dorsen and Richard, DR Congo  
Meet the men who could help Dorsen and Richard, and children like them. Not one of the corporates has even mentioned Dorsen and Richard yet. Many seem to be ignoring our letter. Head in sand?
We've written a letter to companies to ask them to organise at-the-point-of-sale fundraising to support Dorsen and Richard, and child miners like them. These children labour 12 hours a day for as little as 8p to mine cobalt for recharagable batteries used in smartphones, laptops and cars.
SUPPLIER,HUAYOU COBLAT: Bryce Lee NO RESPONSE YET
NOKIA: CEO Rajeev Suri
NEGATIVE - NO OFFER OF HELP
SAMSUNG: CEO Boo-Keun Yoon
NEGATIVE - NO OFFER OF HELP
   
Bryce Lee, Manager, Huayou Cobalt   CEO Rajeev Suri, Nokia   CEO, Boo-Keun Yoon, Samsung
LG: CEO Juno Cho
NO RESPONSE YET
DORO: CEO Robert Puskaric
NO RESPONSE YET
SONY: CEO Kazuo Hirai
NO RESPONSE YET
   
CEO, Juno Cho, LG   CEO, Robert Puskaric, Doro   CEO, Kazuo Hirai, Sony
ACER: CEO Jason Chen
NO RESPONSE YET
APPLE: CEO Tim Cook
NO OFFER OF HELP
ARCHOS: CEO Loric Porier
NO RESPONSE YET
   
CEO, Jason Chen, Acer   CEO Tim Cook, Apple   CEO, Loric Porier, Archos
LENOVO: CEO Yang Yuanqing
NO OFFER OF HELP
 
GOOGLE: CEO Sundar Pichai
NO RESPONSE YET
BLACKBERRY: CEO John S Chen
NO RESPONSE YET
   
CEO, Yang Yuanqinq, Lenovo   CEO, Sundar Pichai, Google   CEO, John Chen, Blackberry
VODAFONE: CEO Nick Jeffery
NO OFFER OF HELP
 
HP Inc. CEO Dion Weisler
AUTOMATED RESPONSE
MICROSOFT: CEO Satya Nadella
NO RESPONSE YET
   
CEO, Nick Jeffery, Vodafone   CEO, Dion Weisler, HP   CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft
DELL: CEO Michael Dell
NO RESPONSE YET
 
VOLKSWAGEN: CEO Matthias Müller NO OFFER OF HELP
DAIMLER: CEO Dieter Zetsche
NO OFFER OF HELP
   
Michael Dell, CEO of Dell   Dorsen in the rain   Daimler CEO, Dieter Zetsche
Amnesty International Report: This is what we die for
  This is what Amnesty International says:

Companies have a responsibility to mitigate and take corrective measures for the victims if they have failed to respect human rights at any point during their operations... If human rights abuses have occurred at any point in the supply chain, the company must, in cooperation with other relevant actors, such as its suppliers and national authorities, take action to remediate the harm suffered by the people affected.

Read report >

Distressed? How you can help Dorsen and children like him
There is hope. There are people who are already helping children
Questions or suggestions? Contact us anytime
Email: hello@cobaltchildren.org
Kimbilio children's sanctuary, Lubumbashi
Kimbilio boys
Find out more about the work Ian Harvey and the project, Kimbilio >
The Good Shepherd Sisters in Kolwezi
Find out more about the Good Shepherd Sisters and the Maisha project. >
How to help Dorsen
You could donate...
When children earn as little as 8p a day, every penny helps
Cobalt Children, 2017. Consumers and Corporates know it's wrong for children to mine cobalt.
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