Enough experts lead you down the path of the 3Ts—tin, tantalum, tungsten—and gold from the mines of Eastern Congo all the way to your cell phone.
STEP 2: TRADING HOUSES
Looking the Other Way
Mineral trading house in Bukavu, South Kivu.
Source: Grassroots Reconciliation Group / Sasha Lezhnev
Minerals dealer: “Look, this cassiterite [tin ore] is from one mine, and this on the right is from another mine.”
Government inspector: “Yes, and this one is from Shabunda, in the area where the FDLR is.”
-Dialogue at a minerals trading house, Bukavu
From the mines, the minerals get transported to trading towns and then on to the two major cities in the region, Bukavu and Goma. For the gold trade, Butembo and Uvira are also key trading hubs.
A minerals dealer compares tin ore from a rebel-held mine and a government-controlled mine. Source: Grassroots Reconciliation Group / Sasha Lezhnev