The Incredible Story of Conflict Mineral Mining (Slideshow)


Photo: Mark Craemer

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, scene of the deadliest conflict since World War II, remains mired in violence in significant part because of the international demand for electronic products that requires minerals found in the eastern Congo. Armed groups finance themselves through the illicit conflict mineral trade and fight over control of mines and taxation points inside Congo. Photographer Mark Craemer has captured what life is like at the Bisie mine, one of the largest sources of cassiterite (tin ore) in Congo.

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