8 Reasons Why Your Laptops, Cellphones, Tablets Are The New Blood Diamonds

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The United Nations estimates that between 2000 and 2004, $750 million U.S dollars worth of profit was generated from the mining of coltan. The average Congolese miner makes $200 U.S dollars a month.

 

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Coltan is used for storing electrical charge. For this reason, it is therefore a vital component in the capacitors that control current flow in cell phone circuit boards. Coltan can’t be replace anytime soon.

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Comments

  1. Jay Contreras says:

    For the farmers who left farming to mine coltan, I wonder if they have asked themselves if they can eat coltan? Another way to enslave people on short-sighted 'gains'–while local farming could feed populations who now have to rely on foreign 'charity'.

  2. THE ABOVE IS WHY THEY KILLED LUMUMBA, HAVE INSTALLED PUPPET REGIMES EVER SINCE INCLUSDING MOBUTU AND CURRENTLY JOSEPH DESRIRE KABILA, IS WHY THE DR CONGO HAS/WILL NEVER SEE PEACE AND OUR PEOPLE THER CONTINUE TO SUFFER NEEDLESSY AND LIVE IMPOVERISHED LIVES – FOR THE RECOED I DO NOT HAVE AN I-PAD, CAMERA OF ANY SORT AND HAVE AS A NECESSITY A MODSET SAMSUNG GALAXY FAME AND A LAP TOP MADE IN GHANA BY A LOCAL GHANAIAN COMPANY CALLED RLG!!

  3. Cassaundra Gilchrist says:

    How much of that 24Trillion goes back into the financial infrastructure for the people?

  4. Not @ the cost of the lives of our people.