The child slaves of Coltan

With bare hands. At most, with the use of a stick or some other rudimentary tool.

For at least 14 hours a day, every day, hundreds of child slaves are forced to work in the

mines of the Democratic Republic of Congo. They extract coltan, cobalt and other

precious minerals essential to power the batteries of our mobile phones and tablets.

A day’s work is paid a dollar.

To avoid the exploitation of these children, one thing we can do is buy mobile phones

from companies that do not use these minerals such as FairPhone, a small Dutch company

born with the aim of making a high quality and modern phone, without exploiting people or

polluting the environment. So they are creating a “fair and supportive” phone.

These children are deprived of the right to grow, play, study, in the name of the welfare

of the Northern states of the Earth. Let’s think about it when we turn on our cell phone

which has become so fundamental in our lives!

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