I’ve previously blogged, written about and, at this year’s Digital Odyssey, spoke on conflict minerals and the need for librarians to be aware of and respond to the issue. In the video above Bandi Mbubi speaks at TEDxExeter on his own experience of the effects of the war in Congo caused by tantalum mining.
Bandi Mbubi grew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly Zaire, experiencing first hand the political unrest and oppression which have since worsened there. As a student activist, Bandi suffered persecution and fled the country, seeking political asylum in the U.K. But Mbubi has kept his home country on his radar, noting how the mining of tantalum — a mineral used in cell phones and computers — has fueled the ongoing war there in which 5 million have died.