The Congolese community march to Downing Street on the anniversary of the massacre of Catholics and Protestants in 1992. London.16th February 2012.
Picture Gallery from HOWARD JONES on Demotix.com
A decade ago no one except geologists had heard of tantalum or ‘coltan’ – an obscure mineral that is an essential ingredient in mobile phones and laptops. Then, in 2000, reports began to leak out of Congo: of mines deep in the jungle where coltan was extracted in brutal conditions watched over by warlords. The United Nations sent a team to investigate, and its exposé of the relationship between violence and the exploitation of coltan and other natural resources contributed to a Continue reading Coltan By Michael Nes