Conflict minerals primarily originate from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and are fueled by a violent multi-million dollar trade in tin, tantalum or “coltan”, tungsten, and gold. Stand with organizations like the Jewish World Watch, Raise Hope for Congo, and the Enough Project: commit to buying conflict-free products only.
Civilians in eastern DRC have suffered rape, pillage, and murder by members of the Congolese army and other armed groups. These warring factions have funded operations by controlling mineral transports and imposing illegal taxes at mine sites.
These conflict minerals are used in common electronics including cell phones, iPods, digital cameras and laptops. Armed groups in Congo earn approximately $85 million each year from trading tin, and $44 to 88 million from gold. Congo’s mineral trade should be a pillar of its economy, but the violence needs to end.
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*An artisanal miner washes tin ore before it is bagged up and weighed, ready to be transported to the nearest major town for export in the Kalimbi tin mine near the small town of Nyabibwe, October 31, 2012.
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