January 27, 2011
My family grew up in the eastern DRC (city of Bukavu and surrounding area) and I regularly hear news from people there of extreme atrocities being committed in this region. It is really important not to water down internal and external accountability measures, verified by independent bodies, in supply chains for minerals used in cellphones, computers and other technology devices. Like DeBeers and the diamond industry have moved to clean up blood diamonds, and Nike and others have moved to verify the use of child labor in factories, this industry MUST move away from barbarous practices that currently take place. No profits, access to technology or promoting the cause of supporting 'successful' US businesses are worth the cost in human suffering, much of it hidden away from Western media. Please do the right thing and protect innocent people.