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CNN Looks at Congo’s Conflict Minerals

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CNN Looks at Congo’s Conflict Minerals

Posted by Eileen White Read on May 26, 2009

Don’t miss this new CNN piece about Congo’s conflict minerals trade. Enough’s RAISE Hope for Congo campaign is fully engaged in bringing this trade — and the mass violence it helps perpetuate — to the public’s attention. The thoughtful and thorough segment aired over the weekend on CNN’s Inside Africa program, and included an interview with Enough’s co-Founder John Prendergast and a snippet from our YouTube video contest to raise awareness about the connection between trace minerals contained in cell phones and other electronic products and armed conflict and sexual violence in Congo.

The five-minute piece also included comments about Enough’s conflict minerals campaign from CTIA, the International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications, and U.S. Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA), who is considering sponsorship of a House bill on this issue. Senators Feingold, Durbin, and Brownback last month introduced a Senate bill, the Congo Conflict Minerals Act of 2009, which would require American companies to disclose where exactly they are getting their minerals.