This is @lena_mucha sharing this week my work on cobalt mining and the environmental, human rights and health consequences in the DRC.
Women coming back from a working day, carrying their crops while passing the toxic desert of Kipushi. Kipushi is a small traditional mining city in the south of the DRC. The desert was formed after a mining company dumped toxic waste in the 1930, killing all the vegetation. Till today the soil remains toxic and white salt cristals give evidence of the high cuantity of minerals in the earth.
The dominant mining narrative in DRC is about conflict minerals such as cobalt and coltan. But in the region of Katanga, the story that isn't getting enough attention is the extreme environmental destruction that industrial scale and artesinal mining has caused. 60% of the worldwide cobalt is being produced here, the most expensive and key component in lithium batteries used for cell phones, laptops and electric cars. People who live near mining sites are being slowly poisoned.
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