On May 29, a special episode of National Geographic Explorer, featuring Enough’s Founding Director John Prendergast and hosted by actor/activist Ted Danson, highlighted how armed groups, Congo’s army commanders, and corrupt officials profit from the deadly trade in conflict gold from eastern Congo.
In the episode, John discusses the conflict gold issue and how consumers, the U.S. government, and others can take action to ensure Congo’s gold does not fund the country’s ongoing conflict and corrupt leaders. While there has been significant progress in de-linking tin, tantalum, and tungsten from conflict in Congo, conflict gold remains a major source of income for elements of the Congolese armed forces, armed groups, and criminal networks.
Check out resources below to know more about Congo’s conflict gold and the issue of conflict minerals.
- Breaking the Cycle: Delinking Armed Actors from the Gold Supply Chain in Congo and the Great Lakes Region Through Fiscal Reform and Anti-Money Laundering (AML)
- Congo’s Conflict Gold Rush: Bringing Gold into the Legal Trade in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Grand Theft Global: Prosecuting the War Crime of Natural Resource Pillage in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Going for Gold: Engaging the Jewelry Industry in Responsible Gold Sourcing in Africa’s Great Lakes Region
- Progress and Challenges on Conflict Minerals: Facts on Dodd-Frank 1502
- Conflict Minerals Legislation: View from Eastern Congo
- Partnership Africa Canada Press Release: First Responsible and Conflict-Free Artisanal Gold Supply Chain Operational in Eastern Congo
Send a tweet to your favorite jeweler or jewelry retailer asking them to get more involved with conflict-free gold sourcing. Search for their handle on twitter and enter it into the draft tweet below:
.@macys: Does the jewelry you sell have responsible gold from #Congo in it? It should! #CongoGold Learn more here: http://eno.ug/2sjiZsX
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