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    Posted January 6, 2014 by
    Dem. Rep. of Congo
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    conflict-free mining in Eastern Congo


    Eastern Congo has been affected by violence since the 1990s. One of the key reasons for the ongoing conflict is the fact that the region is extremely valuable from an economic standpoint, due to its oil reserves, gold, tin, coltan and cassiterite – metals used to make mobile phones for which both Rwanda and Uganda have fought in the past. Mineral-Trade in Eastern Congo has been singled out as a source of finance for armed conflicts. An initiative made up of the industry, NGOs, international and national government organisations has launched a pilot project to break up that link. The Dutch social enterprise „Fairphone“ wants to use the tin in its first telephone from there whilst Motorola and other big players in the industry are also taking part. While the main objective is to guarantee that the tin-ore is produced „conflict-free“, working conditions remain an issue.

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