|Posted by The Reunion Black Family on September 28, 2011 at 5:55 PM|
Your mobile phone and PC Cause the Genocide In Congo
The mobile phone in your pocket PC at your offices and LapTop helping to fund armed militia groups sponssoring by west and east mullti nationa electronics company in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that use rape and murder as weapons of war, campaigners have warned.
Insurgents in the central African state are earning up to £118 million every year by selling four so-called “blood minerals” that are vital in making electronic goods.
Warlords take over the mineral mines by systematically raping women and murdering men, and now a pressure group is asking British consumers to sign a petition demanding a ban on the use of metals sourced from Congo.
Women in the Congo live under the threat of rape by armed gangs who take over mines and sell precious metals to electronics firms.
The worldwide demand for gold, tantalum, tungsten and tin for use in mobiles, laptops, MP3 players and games consoles is driving up the price for the metals and making them a highly-prized commodity for rebels in mineral-rich Congo.
Rape is used by the rebels to drive out mine owners because, in the words of Amnesty International, "rape is cheaper than bullets".
Almost 5.5 million people are estimated to have been killed since the beginning of the conflict in 1998.
Congolese “blood minerals” are used in many electronics goods sold in the UK, despite the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development producing a due diligence guide for its members to choke off the trade.
Vava Tampa, director of Save the Congo, said: “Companies will only take action if they think their customers care. We hope everyone will get angry, demand that mobile phone manufacturers clean up their supply chains and urge the EU to introduce legislation compelling them to do so.”