October 29, 2020

Blood Electronics

You may have heard of blood diamonds which refers to the unscrupulous practices involved in getting diamonds from the dirt to your jewelry store. Diamond mining in Africa often violates human rights, people are enslaved, treated poorly, killed, raped and the money often goes to fund militant groups that suppress the local people even further. A very similar struggle is taking place in the Congo now, except in addition to digging up diamonds, people are digging up precious metals that are then sold by these violent militias to be used by electronic companies for our everyday electronics and gadgets. Check out the video and for more information on the chaos in the Congo and how electronics companies may be fueling that chaos click HERE to read a piece in the NY TIMES.

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