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Bukavu ( D.R. Congo). Comité de la Fédération de Solidarité avec l'Afrique Noire http://www.umoya.org. The Congo, COLTAN War … and… Your Cell Phone. Where is the Democratic Republic of Congo ? And what does it have to do with your cell phone ?. Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Comité de la Fédération de Solidarité avec l'Afrique Noire
And what does it have to do with your cell phone ?
Population : 70 million people.
Life expectancy : 47 years.
Surface area : 2 340 000 km²
Capital : Kinshasa
Président : Joseph Kabila
The world’s largest ecologic and mineral reserves
It has 80% of the world’s coltan.
Col + tan = coltán
For making :
Cell phones, GPS, satellites, radio guided missiles, televisions plasma screens, video game consoles, computers, laptops, PDA, MP3, MP4, rockets, drones, electronic games, cameras...
A good worker can produce
1 kilo of coltan a day.
Average salery for a paid worker in the Congo
10$ a month.
Many work as unpaid or slave laborers
The technology boom has caused the price of coltan to soar to 500$ a kilo.Companies like Bayer, Nokia et Sony push the price war
- Young farmers and herders who have their land.
- War refugees.
- Prisoners of war.
- Thousands of children, whose small bodies can easily crawl in tiny spaces within the mines
The implicated countries all denie thier involvement in the coltan trade.
International companies like:NokiaAlcatelAppleNikonEricssonBayer...Are highlighted in the UN reports as« profiteers ».They help finance the coltan wars and sustain corupt governments
LET THE WORLD KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON
Keep informed and share what you know
Tell your friends,tes family, tes coworkers…
A better future for the congolese people depends on you !
The Congo is the poorest country in the world despite being the worlds richest depository of natural resources
The country is bled by the greed of multinational companies in collusion with major governments.Our life style and hunger for technology feeds the violence and human rights abuses in the Congo.