The shaming images that show where our iPhones, laptops and Tesla cars REALLY come from

  • Images from the Shabara mine and others in the Democratic Republic of Congo show young children mining  
  • They dig for cobalt, the chemical element that is used in almost every tech product on the market today 
  • Apple, Tesla, Samsung and Microsoft are the other end of the complex supply chain  

For years, big tech companies like Apple and Tesla have assured the customers of their glossy stores and showrooms that all their goods are ethically sourced and sold.

Cobalt is the chemical element found in almost every tech gadget that uses a lithium-powered battery on the market today – a smartphone, tablet or laptop requires a few grams of it, while an electric vehicle requires 10kg.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27 NIV

Apple, MicrosoftGoogle, Tesla and others all insist that they hold cobalt suppliers to the highest of standards, and that they only trade with smelters and refiners who adhere to their codes of conduct.

But the photos and videos that can share today from some of the largest mines in Africa – where many of these suppliers get their cobalt – tell a different story.

Barefoot children covered in chemicals, endlessly smashing open rocks for $2-a-day; exhausted new mothers with their babies strapped to them, sifting through nets of rocks in the hopes of finding the precious cobalt.

Those are among the powerful images obtained by Siddharth Kara over the last several years in the Katanga region, that can be shared now ahead of the publication of his new book – Cobalt Red: How the Blood of the Congo Powers Our Lives. 

The book paints a damning picture of the desperate demand for cobalt in the West, and the deadly effects of it among African families.

Speaking to ahead of its release, Kara, an adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, said his research proves that the confident assurances of big tech can’t be trusted.

‘There are hundreds of thousands of the poorest people on the planet [mining for cobalt].

‘The moral clock has been dialed back to colonial times.

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