Make a conflict-free product that includes minerals from eastern Congo
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Make a conflict-free product that includes minerals from eastern Congo

    1. Delly Mawazo Sesete
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      Delly Mawazo Sesete

I am originally from the North Kivu province in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where conflict has been raging for over fifteen years. While that conflict began as a war over larger issues like politics and ethnicity, it has increasingly turned to war of profit, with various armed groups destroying communities by fighting one another over control of key mining areas. The minerals being fought over are part of your daily life. They power your phone, your computer, your music player.

I want an iPhone for the holidays this year - and I do like the iPhone4S - but having monitored mining sites in eastern Congo for several years documenting human rights abuses, I have seen firsthand the rape, violence, and devastation being fueled by the trade in minerals found in electronics products.

I cannot in good conscience purchase a new phone because the gold, tin, tungsten, and tantalum that power it are destroying my home.

Join me in asking Apple to create a conflict-free product that includes conflict-free minerals from eastern Congo that help Congolese communities by the 2013 holiday season. They can pave the way for all companies and consumers to make conflict-free phones and computers that help people in eastern Congo.

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    4. Reached 50,000 signatures
    5. Your cell phone, Congo's misery

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      Actor and activist Robin Wright recently traveled to eastern Congo with the Enough Project, a Washington-based group focused on ending genocide and crimes against humanity. Her video trip diary appears as a special feature on a new UK edition of "Blood in the Mobile," available on DVD.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jackie Carroll HULMEVILLE, PA
      • 3 months ago

      i don't want to buy anything that comes from a terrible environment where innocent people are being harmed

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    • Comfort Allotey CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
      • 3 months ago

      My heart weeps for Congo as I type this on my MacBook. Apple needs to stop now.

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    • Melanie Lillich VANDALIA, OH
      • 3 months ago

      I'm passionate about ending modern day slavery

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    • venus gonzalez KINGSLAND, TX
      • 3 months ago

      i agree

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    • Jasenya McCauley SCHENECTADY, NY
      • 3 months ago

      I feel that Americans as mass consumers should be mindful of what we consume and what we choose to produce WE have the freedom so WE should push for CHANGE.

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