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The Human Cost of Your Smartphone

Children mine cobalt — a key element for making batteries — in terrible conditions

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TThere is no trace of toxic dust on the sleek, shiny iPhones lined up in the Apple Store — that would be terrible for marketing campaigns. And there is nothing mentioned about the 40,000 children in the southern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo who are forced…




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