Mining for mobiles conflict minerals in the Congo

There are tons of minerals that make up your phone but what are they? where do they come from?

The most important minerals in electronics are the tg’s otherwise known as tantalum, tungsten, tin and gold. These minerals are responsible for how electronics work. but these minerals are not very common so in order to mass produce phones we have to mine a lot of them and the countries with these minerals are ether really rich or very poor because the value of these minerals cause people to fight over them and the best example of this is the east Congo. Even though the Congo is one of the richest countries in natural resources it is one of the poorest and most conflict ridden countries because of those minerals people fight over it so barely any of the money generated from the mines goes to the people working there. It goes to the people running the mines and Most people working in the mines at the Congo have to work in dangerous conditions for long hours and the mines are sometimes run by rebel groups and those are much worse. The government in the Congo has issues as well because a lot of the officials there a corrupt and the rebels are worse they use the money from the mines to supply and get mines to get more money for guns.

What could we do differently in schools to help solve this problem?

One solution is that we could recycle old electronics for the minerals. This could save some money and it could help reduce the amount of minerals coming from the Congo therefore reducing the money going to the rebels. Another solution is to raise awareness about these problems by making posters and websites. This would raise awareness of the problem and might get people to send help. It could also bring up solutions to solve the conflicts there.

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