We human beings use technology in daily basis. These electric devices such as smart phones and computers require things called conflict minerals. For this project the technology I chose is the Iphone. The company that produces this is Apple. The average cost of the Iphone is 262$ in Asia, 419$ in Europe, 531$ in North America, 288$ in Latin America and 339$ in Middle east and Africa.
The elements used in the Iphone are Tin, Tantalum, Tungsten and Gold and these minerals used to generate over 185$ dollars. Possibly one of most important conflict minerals out of the 4 is the Tantalum. Tantalum is used to store electricity in your phone and if there isn’t Tantalum in your phone, your phone will simply fall silent. Tungsten is used to vibrate your phone and Tin is used as a solder for the circuit board. Gold is used to used to coat the wiring inside of the smartphone because it can conduct electricity well.
These conflict minerals are mined in the east region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. These miners are hired by getting life threats, physically forced and threatened to get shot by a gun. The working conditions in these mines are horrible. There’s a lot of Lifting work and the miners get supplied with horrible tools and have difficult locations to work on and many of these miners die while mining these conflict minerals because of how terrible the condition is there.
Some things that we could do to solve this issue is by spreading awareness by using things like social media. I’ve already seen a couple posts about conflict minerals in these social medias and nowadays social media is something thats essential in our life’s so Im sure a lot of people have already seen them. There has been websites created to spread awareness about conflict minerals. For example http://www.raisehopeforcongo.org/content/initiatives/conflict-minerals.
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