Miss Quinn

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Coltan Mining in the DRC



As we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks, the south east of the Democratic Republic of Congo is currently occupied by the Rwandan Army.  The army are collecting coltan from local miners and making around $20 million PER MONTH!!! by selling it to mobile phone companies.

The miners are mainly people who used to farm in the area before their farmland became part of the war zone and now they have no option but to mine for very little money.


Many of those mining are children who should be in school but whose families can no longer afford to send them.

Your homework is to write to Boris Johnson and explain what he should do to stop this happening.  The powerpoint before is the one we used in class.

Coltan Mining (both lessons)

The video below is not the one we used in class (that’s too large) but it shows clearly what is happening (it just doesn’t look at the issue for the gorillas).


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3 Comments to

“Coltan Mining in the DRC”

  1. Avatar February 17th, 2014 at 5:18 pm Zara Says:

    Where is the essay homework on coltan mining 8W

  2. Avatar February 17th, 2014 at 5:49 pm SianQuinn Says:

    Zara it’s in the recent posts section under Y8 Coltan Mining post

  3. Avatar March 16th, 2014 at 6:49 pm Sakeena Tungekar 8c Says:

    Miss Quinn whats the name of the video we used in class?

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