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|September 26, 2010|
A place where everyone is afraid and on the run.
A place where armed groups are on the rampage, raping women, girls, boys and babies.
A place where 5 million people have perished since 1994- as a result of the violence.
A place which is rich in minerals-tin, tungsten, tantalum (3T's), and gold.
A place where rebels control mines.
The violence in eastern Congo is fueled by a multi-million dollar trade in minerals - - which power our cell phones, laptops, and other electronics. Urge the biggest buyers-- major electronics companies-– to produce conflict-free products.
Please take two minutes to send an e-mail now to the 21 biggest electronics companies . Here is a sample email, or use your own words
|Subject: Make our products conflict free |
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing today with a pledge to purchase your conflict free electronics product once it becomes available. I want the death, rape and violence in Congo being driven by the illicit trade in conflict minerals to stop. If your company leads to produce a verifiably conflict-free product, I as a consumer will find your product far more attractive. If you take conflict out of your electronics, I will buy it.
We will add your signature from the information you provide.
We need your help to increase demand for conflict-free electronics products. As a consumer, you can influence electronics industry leaders as they weigh whether or not to invest in making their supply chains transparent and producing verifiably conflict-free products. It's important to let companies know that if they take conflict out of their products, you'll buy them.
Everyone is using them. Despite recent legislation, no one has committed to going conflict free yet. Here is a list of the 21 leading electronics companies and a way to email them. But they all procure their raw materials in the same way.
These are just some of the top offenders. Here is a link to the site.