ctrp387 Connecting Electronics and Conflict Minerals

An artisanal mine in Katanga

There is a direct connection between armed conflict in Congo and the minerals we use in our phones and computers. Bibi Bleekemolen has been investigating that connection, in an effort to understand how it works, who is involved, and what can be done about it.  Her focus is the role that electronics companies have in the raging conflicts in eastern Congo.

Earlier this year she went along as part of the fairphone fact finding mission to Katanga.  In this podcast we discuss the aftermath of that journey as well as Bibi’s extensive research into the topic.

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One thought on “ctrp387 Connecting Electronics and Conflict Minerals

  • August 21, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    The land forgotten by God and ravaged and exploited by men,

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