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Consuming the Congo: War and Conflict Minerals in the World's Deadliest Place

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Veteran journalist Peter Eichstaedt (Africa Editor for the Institute for War & Peace Reporting at The Hague and author of Pirate State: Inside Terrorism at Sea) traveled around the eastern Congo talking to militia leaders, former child soldiers, businessmen, and aid workers to gather stories of the day-to-day challenges of life in the former Belgian colony, largely precipitated by colonial exploitation and internal strife after gaining independence. Eichstaedt explores a tense and urgent first-hand picture of life in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a place where more than 5 million Congolese have died in the quest for the valuable minerals that bring the West’s taken-for-granted creature comforts of cell phones and computers to life.

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