We are all using devices such as iPhones and other high technology devices and it is helping us to do our things in our daily life. In fact, we can’t even imagine how the world would be without those devices. We all rely on the high tech, working, studying, listen to the music and play games on computers. But sadly, many people don’t know (I did not know), that on the other side of the world, people are being killed and being harmed because of this. It is called “Conflict Minerals”. Every time we buy a device, for example iPhone, iPad, or laptop, people in Congo are working at gun-point, with life threats, and physical force in the worst work conditions.
The main material used to make these devices, is know as “conflict minerals”: 3T and gold. 3T’s are Tantalum, Tin, and Tungsten. I will focus on gold and tin and how it is used in devices. Tin is used in your device as the solder for the circuit board. Without tin, your device wouldn’t be able to function. Gold is a good conductor that lets the image on your screen be able to move or turn on. They are able to use other conductors but it would not be as good because your phone would always be slow, even with wifi.
I am against iPad program at YIS. To be honest, I don’t think we need it. We are not using for the maximum usage of the device. It is nice to have for playing games or listening to the music. But it is all I really use it for. After learning about ” conflict minerals” in Congo, I feel guilty of using it for my entertainment. It is hard to believe that “Government troops and armed groups in Congo fight to control mines and smuggling routes, murdering and raping civilians to fracture the structure of society”, for the iPhone or any other device which you take it for granted. Just from our school, with lots of laptops and iPads, I can’t imagine how many people’s lives are sacrificed in Congo.
Where is that money going from these minerals? The money is not going to the miners, or the porters. The money is going to bad people that use the money for personal use and for more ammunition and weapons to maintain their control over the people. The money that the bad people get is used to buy weapons, bombs, and drugs. There is a total amount of 5.4 million deaths to pay for this.
We can change the technology used at YIS by sharing iPads. My idea is to have our own SIM card but share iPads so that when we want to access our data, we can just put the SIM card in and we can use it! This way, we can reduce the number of iPads devices.
Raise awareness of conflict mineral is something I can do. I can tell my friends or family about it. At least now I know what is iPhone made of, my iPhone which is casually sit in my pocket has a lots of meaning to it, sacrifice, law enforcement, human life…. my iPhone feels heavier after learning about conflict mineral.
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