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Children mine cobalt in the DR Congo. Cobalt is in things like smartphones, laptops, cameras. These children suffer. Would YOU pay a little extra for your smartphone, or laptop, to free these children from mines? We're asking companies to help us organise this. Which companies will care enough to stop these terrible human rights abuses? #smartphoneshame

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Congolese human rights abuses for mined minerals, including cobalt, is not new. Corporates know this. What are they going to do?
Added: 14 March 2017

Below, a few of the films found on YouTube. This issue isn't new. Powerful voices have contributed to the research and discussion: Amnesty International, Sky News, UNICEF, yet still the abuses carry on; corporates exploit vulnerable adults and children and we, as consumers, are forced to be complicit with these human rights abuses. We must force change.

This is what we die for: Child labour in the DRC cobalt mines
Amnesty International
Published on Jan 19, 2016

This film documents the hazardous conditions in which artisanal miners, including thousands of children, mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It goes on to trace how this cobalt is used to power mobile phones, laptop computers, and other portable electronic devices. Using basic hand tools, miners dig out rocks from tunnels deep underground, and accidents are common. Despite the potentially fatal health effects of prolonged exposure to cobalt, adult and child miners work without even the most basic protective equipment.


Cobalt mining for phones: How you could be holding a product of child labour
Sky News
Published on Feb 28, 2017

The Chinese mining company Hauyou has refused to apologise after Sky News found that it was sourcing cobalt mined by children as young as four. We've also discovered that Apple has told Huayou to suspend all sourcing from mines until they can be checked to be free of child labour. Here's our Technology correspondent Tom Cheshire.

Extraction: Asked 3 times if they (Huayou Cobalt Ltd, China, would apologise for using child labour, Responsible Sourcing Manager, Bryce Lee of Huayou Cobalt, said, "We are proud of our work in DRC... we have a very good reputation and also you are more than welcome to tell us what to do to improve this situation.

Apple have told Huayou to stop soucing from artisanal mines until they can be verified.

Apple is deeply committed to the responsible sourcing of materials for our products and we've led the industry in establishing the strictest standards for our suppliers. We were the first company to map our cobalt supply chain down to the mine and 100% of our smelters are participating in independent third party audits." Apple spokesperson.

How Child Miners Are Dying For Your Computer Battery
Published on Jan 22, 2016

Samsung, Sony, Apple and other major tech companies have been accused of profiting from child labor in Africa by using minerals mined by children in their products. The accusation comes in a report submitted by Amnesty International on cobalt mining done in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which found that young children had been working in dangerous conditions. Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, which are used by these smartphone manufacturers, have a key component in cobalt. We look at the accusation on the Lip News with Margaret Howell and Jo Ankier.

Sky News, special report : Inside the Congo cobalt mines that exploit children
Sky News
Published on Feb 27, 2017

It is an essential part of most mobile gadgets sold around the world and demand for cobalt is soaring. But the process of extracting the mineral from the earth comes at a huge human cost. 

A Sky News investigation has found children as young as four working in dangerous and squalid conditions in Cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for as little as 8p a day. Sky's special correspondent Alex Crawford reports.

Whose Wealth? Cobalt from Congo

SOMO Researcher
Published on 1 May 2016

This short documentary shows the human rights violations and environmental pollution in Democratic Republic of Congo as a result of unresponsible cobalt mining. Cobalt is used in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for smart phones, laptops, and electric

Smartphones: The world in your pocket - The Congolese Blood in your hand
Published on 9 Mar 2015

Google, Apple, Intel and other tech companies revealed that minerals sold to fund combattants in the Democratic Republic of Congo and nearby countries may be used in the manufacture of their gadgets. Everyday its an emergency in east of Congo due to crisis war

Child Labor in Congo

Sydney Lovell-Schmidt
Published on 27 Apr 2016

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Crisis in the Congo: Conflict Minerals and Corporate Responsibility
Many electronic companies are unaware that the minerals they use in their products fuel rebel movements in the eastern Democratic of the Congo. This film shows what they can do to end this trade and end the violence in the DRC. Produced by William Beckham, Alex Dobyan, Lesley Kim, Hye Seo, and Anna Patten. Produced as part of the course, Political Science 138: Conflict and Natural Resources, an undergraduate course taught at Tufts University by Professor Nancy Gleason. Imagery from Google Earth, specific citations at end of film.
Illegal Mining of Cobalt - report 2014

Published 2014: Cobalt Mining Controversy. The illegal mining of the conflict mineral cobalt and the use of child workers in order to indirectly finance war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Comment, 2017: and still child labour and artisanal mining with desperately unsafe work practices and abuses go on.

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