Conflict Mineral Problems

Miners who are getting minerals which electronic company use are  unhealthy by working inside the mine. In iPhone, a lot of minerals are used. For example, tin, tantalum, tungsten, gold, silver, copper, aluminium, and plastic. In iPhone, copper is used as wiring, cobalt is used as battery,silicons are used as microchips, oxygen is also used as battery, tantalum stores electricity, tungsten makes the phone vibrate, tin are used in surket board, and gold is used as coating wiring.In order to get these minerals miners are risking their life to get these elements. But inside the mine, you can get a lot of disease. Dust, Radon and e.t.c. Fine mineral dust particles in the air that can accumulate in the lungs. And Radon is an odorless radioactive gas, is associated with multiple kinds of underground mining. Long-term radon exposure can lead to lung cancer. And also Noise can harm their body. Mining process are very noisy. Mining equipment such as drills, crushers, engines that lets unfiltered noise can cause short-term or permanent hearing loss or eardrum rupture.

People use their electronic such as phone and tablet but do they know that people did mine risking their life? Kids who are around 7 years old are forced to work in the mine while there are war and major catastrophe going on. These children work 24 hours straight and gain less than 2 dollars each day and some of them get less than that. Faustin Adeye the Catholic Charity Misereor said “”Many children are often physically ruined as a result. There are whole excavations which they dig up with their bare hands using machetes spades.” This means that they are forced to work and there doing it for more money to help them survive. This can cause physical shutdown and lots of children die from this, Major products and companies for example Apple will have a huge conflict that modern technology will be hard to manufacture and create. This clearly shows that these children are in severe danger and their still forced to work. In order to get these minerals and in order to make electronic which we are using right now or holding right now, children who are about 7 are used to dig the mines. These children works hard in order to get money and to live.

People who use electronics doesn’t know how the minerals came from and how much people lost their life because of the electronic we use right now. Children were forced to eat their parent’s flesh, and girls were subjected to rape and that destroyed their insides. This means that even someone like Steve Jobs who made electronic company, Apple  knows that children, adults  are risking their life to get these minerals. Steve Jobs said that “Yes. We require all of our suppliers to certify in writing that they use conflict few materials. But honestly there is no way for them to be sure. Until someone invents a way to chemically trace minerals from the source mine, it’s a very difficult problem.” In order to survive, children and adults are risking their life to work in mine. And in order to live and  to earn money, children have to eat their own parent’s fresh and work. This is a huge impact to electronic companies.

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