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What happened to Richard and Dorsen?

Flinty Maguire: Alex Crawford's film on the children mining cobalt in DR Congo aired in February 2017. To date, it has had more than 67 million views. People were shocked and distressed to discover the connection between, what is effectively, child slavery, and luxury hi-tech goods, like smartphones and electric cars. I was one of millions who raised their voice in objection.

I liaised with Ian Harvey, director of the UK registered charity, Congo Children Trust, which runs Kimbilio, a sanctuary for vulnerable children in Lubumbashi, DR Congo. We asked Alex Crawford and her team to relocated Richard and Dorsen, to offer help. Alex and her team returned to the remote village where the boys lived with their fathers, to offer them a life of regular food, clean clothes, shelter and education. The boys are now supported by Kimbilio, but there are an estimated 40,000 exploited children working in cobalt mines, trapped in poverty, who need help.

Alex Crawford's film on the story of Richard and Dorsen, and the child cobalt miners in DR Congo
Richard and Dorsen settling into life at Kimbilio

Photo album - happier times. When children are helped, lives are transformed.

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Dorsen and Richard with Alex Crawford and the Sky News team.
Dorsen, left, ready for school, with friends.
Richard with friends.
Dorsen, front right, with friends and Papa Patrick.
Dorsen and Richard, centre, with friends and Papa Patrick
Dorsen and Richard with school friends
Richard shows off his moves.
Richard and Dorsen at Kimbilio.
Richard, left. Dorsen, front right.
Tea in the schoolroom.
Some of the Kimbilio family.

Our friends

Congo Children's Trust: Kimbilio
Good Shepherd Sisters, Kolwezi
Amnesty International
Sky News
Alex Crawford, Sky News reporter


Update on Richard and Dorsen
Films about cobalt mining


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