Mobile phones, chimpanzees and rebel militias: deadly conflicts in Central Africa
The region of Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a region in which the Congolese military has very limited control, if any at all.
This is a region torn by an ongoing conflict since 1998 that has killed at least 4 million people. These deadly armed rebel militias control many of the mines where coltan is extracted. In fact, the entire economy of the region revolves around the coltan trade.
The revenues earned by exporting coltan from the region help fund the armed militias in the region, or road to the mines.
Mining coltan further endangers gorillas and chimpanzees
Mining coltan, often illegally destroys the African rainforest. Chimpanzees and gorillas are also hunted by poachers who sell either the live animal or its meat on the black market. This illegal trade in bush meat is estimated to be a billion dollar industry!
Our constant purchasing and replacing of mobile phones creates higher demand for this dangerous conflict mineral, causing the price to skyrocket. Coltan can be worth up to $400/kilo.
A good step in the right direction is to reduce our consumption and learn to recycle.
Jane Goodall Institute Belgium is working to recycle e-waste
Jane Goodall Institute Belgium and Recyca, specialist in the collection and treatment of empty cartridges and old ICT-materials can recycle your e-waste. Collect your empty cartridges and other small ICT-material and support the Jane Goodall Institute.
The money will go to Roots & Shoots youngsters from Goma who will benefit from scholarships. Educating these youngsters today will help make strong leaders for tomorrow, for the benefit of chimpanzees, people and environment.
Download the list of recyclable devices:
Get involved and join Recycle4Chimps
How does this work?
- Register your company, organisation or school here at JGI Belgium.
- Next, Recyca will contact you to make concrete agreements. Depending on your waste streams you will receive one or more boxes.
- When you have collected a sufficient amount, contact Recyca who will come and pick up the boxes. It can not be easier.
- Every pick up is proved with an official certificate of waste treatment and Recyca donates the revenues completely to the Jane Goodall Institute. With this simple gesture you make a contribution to our planet. Your contribution counts!
Photo-credits; (banner) JGI Canada, (others) Recyca