Does that smart phone in your pocket contribute to rape and murder in the depths of Africa? Soon, you’ll know.
A new US law requires companies to certify whether their products contain minerals from rebel-controlled mines in Congo and surrounding countries. It’s a move aimed at starving the rebels of funds and encouraging them to lay down their arms. But experts doubt the law will stop the fighting. Furthermore, they say, it could deprive hundreds of thousands of desperately poor Congolese of their incomes and disrupt the economy of an area that’s struggling for stability after more than decade of war.