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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?
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 demand change.
Sky News, special report : Inside the Congo cobalt mines that exploit children [Highlighting the plight of Richard and Dorsen]
Sky News

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.

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Sky News: revisiting the cobalt mining boys, May 2017
Sky News

Sky News has returned to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to try to find two young boys we met previously, who were working in one of the country's many cobalt mines. A charity has offered to educate and care for them. More than half the world's supply of cobalt is in the DRC. It's used extensively in smartphones. Multinational corporations have promised to improve conditions for child miners - but as Sky's special correspondent Alex Crawford found out - there's little evidence of that in the former Katanga Province.

Sky News, consolidating the cobalt children film. Good teaching aid for school children.

Sky News

In the Democratic Republic of Congo children toil in the drenching rain for long hours carrying huge sacks of cobalt for use in our mobile phones. Dorsen, eight, had no shoes and told us he hadn't made enough money to eat for the past two days - despite working for about 12 hours a day. His friend Richard, 11, talked about how his whole body ached every day from the tough physical work. Alex Crawford's reporting gave these two a new life.

Update on Richard and Dorsen's life at Kimbilio, July 2018
Congo Children Trust

The harrowing film of Richard and Dorsen, child cobalt miners, caused public outcry. The Facebook Sky News film has been viewed 67 million times. The charity, Congo Children Trust, now care for these boys. They are nourished, nurtured and go to school. This is an update. There are still THOUSANDS of children trapped in the mines. They need our help.

For more info on our campaign go to Thank you for caring.

Congo Children Trust: The Kimbilio project
The Congo Children Trust

The Congo Children Trust supports vulnerable street children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kimbilio is our flagship project, based in the southern city of Lubumbashi supporting over 100 children each month. We run four centres offering food, emotional support and healthcare and aim to reintegrate children with their families. Our next big project is to build a school. The foundations have already been laid.

Keep in touch, or get more hands-on. Volunteers welcome!


Congo Children Trust: The Kimbilio Project - Pascal's story
Congo Children Trust

This is the story of Pascal, and how the Kimbilio project has changed his life. Kimbilio is a Congo Children's Trust project, based in the southern city of Lubumbashi supporting over 100 children each month. We run four centres offering food, emotional support and healthcare and aim to reintegrate children with their families.

If you would like to support these children please go to Global Giving, reunite children with their families

To find out more about the charity, project and what we do please go to

Congo Children Trust: The lives of street children in Lubumbashi
Congo Children Trust

The charity, Congo Children Trust, which runs the sanctuary, Kimbilio, gave five street children disposable cameras to record their lives on the streets of Lubumbashi. The pictures tell of crushing poverty, danger, isolation and despair. This is why the charity, Kimbilio, exists. To help children escape the cobalt mines and the streets.
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Amnesty International: the hazardous conditions of artisanal mines in DR Congo
Amnesty International
Published on Jan 19, 2016

Amnesty International
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.


The Good Shepherd Sisters of Kolwezi: helping children to have a life away from the mines
The Good Shepherd Sisters

Maisha means “life”. This film tells the story of a new life outside the mines. It is hopeful. The Good Shepherd sisters, known as the Walking Sisters - who travel by foot to reach out to the people of Kolwezi – offer practical help and a different vision of how life away from the suffering of the cobalt mines.

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Cobalt mining for phones: How you could be holding a product of child labour. Interview with Huayou Cobalt.
Sky News

Published on Feb 28, 2017
Sky News

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
The Lip TV2

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.

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 cars etc.

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 Labour 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
Cobalt Mining Controversy
Published 2014

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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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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