Conflict Minerals

From my research, there are a lot of elements and compounds that are used in our school technology, YIS.  The elements that are used in the electronic devices such as computer, ipad are Tantalum (Ta), Tin (Sn), Tungsten (W) and Gold (Au). Tantalum is used to store electricity in your devices. Tin is used as the solder on circuit board. Tungsten is used to make your phone vibrate. Gold is used to coat the wiring and it is the most valuable metal inside every devices. Those are all minerals. Those minerals that are used are conflict minerals which means, minerals that are used and brings conflicts to the country. In this case those minerals are the easiest to get in Congo. So, the conflict minerals that i’m going to talk about is conflict minerals in Congo. They get those minerals by mining them. The mining is control and taxed by the Congo armies. The armies trade the minerals and buy guns, bombs and things like that and could create wars. That makes it conflict minerals. After the mining is done the minerals smuggled to the neighboring countries such as Rwanda and others. Then, it smuggled out of Africa and go all the way to Asia. In Asia, those minerals are combined with other minerals making the minerals from Congo hard to be traded. Then all the minerals are sent to the company such as Apple, Samsung and others to make the electric devices that we used here in YIS. The mining process is done by the people in Congo. The issue is the safety. The reason why safety is an issue is because mining could leaves destruction such as land destruction and that is dangerous for people. Land destruction is bad because than the land would be unstable and could cause a lot of bad things. The other reason on why this is a safety issue is because the mining process is also sometimes done by kids at a young age. That would be really dangerous for them because mining requires a lot of hard work. I recommend to the school to raise awareness to Congo. For example, donate them money or maybe give them some help that we could possibly give. Let us all raise awareness, let us all help Congo.

BBC NEWS. “DR Congo Minerals: Most Mines ‘conflict Free’ since US Law – BBC News.” BBC News. BBC NEWS, 10 June 2014. Web. 24 Nov. 2015. <http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27782829>.

Enoughproject. “Conflict Minerals 101.” YouTube. YouTube, 18 Nov. 2009. Web. 20 Nov. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF-sJgcoY20&feature=youtu.be>.

Enoughproject. “Conflict Minerals | RAISE Hope for Congo.” Conflict Minerals | RAISE Hope for Congo. Raise Hope for Congo, 2015. Web. 24 Nov. 2015. <http://www.raisehopeforcongo.org/content/initiatives/conflict-minerals>.

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