The fighting and violence in the DRC has long been attributed to tensions over the trade of valuable minerals, and has led to a movement in the United States to end the purchasing of these conflict minerals. But the direct line of causality from conflict minerals to the incredible violence we’re seeing in the Congo has begun to erode. Click through to a Storify capturing the debate over conflict minerals and their role in the current crisis in the Congo.
How important are conflict minerals to ending the violence in the Congo? The jury is still out. I do know, however, that many of the Congolese diaspora are involved in ending the use of conflict minerals here in the United States.
Samba Halkose (right), who arrived in New Hampshire as a refugee from the Congo in 1995, has become involved with Congo Action Now and the movement to pass a Massachusetts Congo Conflict Minerals bill. She, for one, is convinced that ending Western use of conflict minerals will be good for her home country.