Virtually all consumer electronics such as cell phones, DVD players, video games systems, and computers contain coltan. Coltan is known as a “conflict mineral”, mined from all over the world. But in the Congo, the mining of this mineral has resulted in unmitigated war, leading to slave labor, widespread rape, and mass murder. Corporations continue to buy coltan from distributors who knowingly purchase from Congolese dealers.
If the big brands are so sure of themselves, they must supply the evidence that their mobiles are not helping make the conflicts worse. They must supply evidence that they’re not sourcing their minerals from the conflict zones. In oyr conversations with company bosses, they have never been able to show evidence that effective controls are in place.
Blood coltan still exists. I’m holding a mobile phone. And I know that the microprocessor it contains uses coltan. And if this coltan has been obtained at the massacre of 10 or 20 villagers through slave labor, the suffering of children forced to work in the mines by the armed militia. This is immoral. All this violence, all this blood, to get your hands on precious materials that our lord implanted in our Earth.