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Fair Trade Phones: An Idea Worth Spreading

Check out this powerful TED Talk by Congolese activist Bandi Mbubi exploring the importance of developing a plan to make fair trade cell phones: http://www.ted.com/talks/bandi_mbubi_demand_a_fair_trade_cell_phone


Since 1996, over 5 million Congolese men, women, and children have lost their lives, in large part due to the extraction of coltan. This precious mineral is found in practically every cell phone, laptop, and gaming device available on the market today. In this Talk, Mbubi tells us more about what the extraction of coltan has meant for the government, economy, and most importantly the people of the DRC.