12 Jul '11, 5am

The Blood In Our Cell Phones | Care2 Causes

The Blood In Our Cell Phones | Care2 Causes

Recently, I watched the documentary Blood in the Mobile about the origins of some of the minerals which make the metals in our cell phones. In the film, director Frank Poulsen travels to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to learn more about the origin of the minerals. He learns that minerals mined in the eastern provinces of the DRC are used to fund the militias fighting the civil war. Reports in 2008 from a UN group of experts, cited on the film’s website, found that all of the main militias fighting in eastern DRC are financed through trading minerals, which are processed into metals that are used to manufacture cell phones . About 45,000 die each month in the DRC, mostly from the effects of displacement in the country’s eastern provinces, according to Raise Hope for Congo . Armed groups “routinely commit acts of rape and sexual violence against Congolese women ...

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