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Blood Coltan – Driving Conflict?

March 19, 2009

More on the rush for coltan in DR Congo, and how our mobile phones may help drive the greed rush in DR Congo:

(51mins, image quality not great)

Perhaps it’s slightly ironic how I eulogised in the previous post how mobile phones could save people and it’s actually driving this crisis. However, the way the western purchasers deal is the problem; the demand could, and should, help the Congolese. Mobile phones can save lives – take a look at Ushahidi (I’ll write about this further at a later date).

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Virgil permalink
    March 23, 2009 3:23 pm

    Don’t forget the more recent booming industry that is helping to fuel insecurity – cassiterite (tin). Our environmental concerns have helped to ban the use of lead in solder, but this means we need an alternative to make solder with – cassiterite. Demand and prices are rising, and the DRC has plenty.

    Of course there remains the dilemma that the country needs the money from the resources to fuel its development. Boycotting their use is not really the answer. There need to be ways to make sure that the resources are used for the good of the country…(sorry, I don’t have the answers…)


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