In an op-ed featured on The Daily Beast, John Prendergast is raising the challenge to stop the flow of conflict minerals – and making the case that doing so is fundamental to stopping the decades-long conflict in Eastern Congo. Joining voices with activists from Super Bowl winner Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers to Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Dr. Denis Mukwege of Panzi Hospital, Prendergast says “reforming this trade is part of a comprehensive strategy, including regional governance reforms, to help end the war.” To help stop the flow of money from electronic companies to warlords’ hands, activists like Rodgers have stepped in to raise funds, awareness, and energy surrounding the issue, with the quarterback hosting a raffle for sideline seats with him at next week’s Monday Night Football game.
The fight against conflict minerals isn’t without controversy, but it’s also not without strong support. Prendergast’s blog, and Rodgers' activism, make a strong case for the need to watch where our minerals come from – and do everything else we can to help stop the violence and rebuild peace in the DRC.
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