In the modern world we depend on certain things for our everyday life like iphones. This is made possible by materials coming from all over the world. These Minerals are Copper, the three T’s and gold they can sometimes also be referred to Conflict Minerals because of the regions that there mined in like in Eastern Congo where corruption and Violence are very common there because of it constantly being a war zone where Survival of the fittest really means something.
Here are some examples of this gold= copwiring, tin= solder for circuit boards, tantalum= stores electricity for phones, tungsten= vibration for phone and copper= outer layer of the wiring for the Iphone here are the websites that I used http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-merchant-iphone-supplychain-20170723-story.html, https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/NzE5MTAwODgyMlpa ,https://www.ptable.com/?lang=en These minerals are used because they have advantages that make the phone better by making it more resistant. For example let’s take AU (gold) it makes the phone more resistant to oxidation and corrosion in other environments that the phones aren’t used to. From this we can conclude that we are living in a world where we are very lucky because we can use these devices and the people that actually have to work getting the minerals for these devices most of the time can even afford them.
In the modern world where we use a lot of devices such as iphones and laptops and we all know that the social world would crumble without the minerals that their made of, of course there are some people that take advantage of that. The president of DR Congo Joseph Kabila was linked with corruption funds that were coming from the gold, Tantalum, Tin and Tungsten mines in the eastern Congo. The DR Congo loses about $750m per year due to corruption and that’s only one of the many examples here is the website were I found it on http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/dr-congo-loses-750m-corruption-mismanagement-170721154134478.html The DR Congo is one of the most mineral blessed countries in the world and now you might be thinking wouldn’t it be one of the richest countries in the world well that’s where you’re wrong because even though it has so many resources the country is one of the poorest countries in the world because all the people that are involved in the mineral business are very selfish and so they take all the money and keep it for themselves instead of spending it on education, infrastructure and sanitation which not only help the environment but also the people of the DR Congo because they suffer the most under this corrupt system. We can conclude from this that people like Joseph Kabila only come want to come to power for the money and power and not to help the people that are suffering in the mines in which they work 24/7.
All of us today probably have once said “school is so annoying nobody needs it” well think again because there children in africa who have lost their parents and don’t even get education. These children then have to sustain themselves because of their dead parents most of the time but they can’t just get a job as a cashier or something because that requires some sort of skill like math which these kids have never learned because they never went to school. This is an example “As a result of the 6-year civil war in the late 1990s-early 2000s, over 5.2 million children in the country did not receive any education.” Now the literacy rate has gone tremendously upwards because of the end of the civil war but still the situation is pretty bad, here is the website that I used https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_the_Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo This means that people and children are already getting better education because of the end of the second civil war in the DR Congo that the education has gotten better there is still a conflict going on with the rebels in the eastern congo and they control parts of the region which means these people in the region don’t get any education. From what I have said you maybe think that I want you to go down to the Congo and help these people personally no I think you shouldn’t do that do I think that you should respect school and donate to these poor children in africa so they can also have chances to become successful and wealthy people just like us.