Consuming the Congo

Consuming the Congo

War and Conflict Minerals in the World's Deadliest Place

eBook - 2011
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Going behind the headlines and deep into the brutal world of the Congo, these expos examines why eastern Congo is the most dangerous place on the planet. While the Western world takes for granted its creature comforts such as cell phones or computers, five million Congolese needlessly die in the quest for the valuable minerals that make those technologies work. Much of the war-torn country has largely become lawless, overrun by warlords who exploit and murder the population for their own gain. Delving into the history of the former Belgian colony, this book exposes the horror of day-to-day life in the Congo, largely precipitated by colonial exploitation and internal strife after gaining independence. It offers not only a view into the dire situation but also examines how the Western world, a part of the problem, can become a part of the solution.
Publisher: Made available through hoopla, 2011.
[United States] : Chicago Review Press, 2011.
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Aug 22, 2011

Thorough documentation of a humanitarian disaster, any improvement likely will be painfully slow.

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