Coltan is a mineral used in the production of cell phones and laptops. Therefore, everytime someone uses their phone or turns on their laptop, they are connecting their identity to that of a Congolese miner. Though corporations have begun to stop using coltan originating in the Congo, it can be extremely difficult to see where it actually comes from.
Mining coltan is a very dangerous task. Due to the high demand of this mineral, the value of coltan increased by a huge amount. Therefore many thieves try to steal it and then sell it. this often places miners' lives in danger.
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