Is Your Mobile Device or Laptop Funding Conflict Mineral Wars?

Many electronic devices are made using minerals such as tantalum, which is used to make the capacitors in most cell phones, and tin, which is used in some cell phones’ inside linings. Unfortunately, many of these materials come from the Congo -- which means that sales of electronics are helping to fund the inhumane treatment of people who live and work there.

The Enough Project estimates that conflict mining is a $185 million business. The average miner, however, makes only $5 a day.

Time Magazine reports:

“According to Raise Hope for Congo, more than 5.4 million people have died from the continuous wars that ravage the country. The organization urges people to tell companies that they want conflict free products. Congo's minerals are especially attractive to electronic manufacturers because of unregulated mining practices and cheap labor.”

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