Coltan and cobalt are the two main materials mined for on a daily basis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Both are key components within everyday products — from mobile phones, laptops and jewelry. However, extracting these materials means using child slaves.
Non-government organizations, academics, and charities have shown that there is a strong link between the mining of these minerals and the role they play in funding violent armed groups as well as using child labor in mines.
According to Amnesty International, the demand for these materials is growing daily. Lauren Armistead, Campaign Coordinator for Amnesty, said that cobalt demand is growing at over 5 percent a year, and it is expected to continue.
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