What to Know About Mining in Congo

What to Know About Mining in Congo

Dionne Searcey
Eric Lipton

Dionne Searcey and Eric Lipton📍Reporting from Democratic Republic of Congo

The price of cobalt has skyrocketed in recent years, and the impact is clear in the cobalt-high area near Kasulo. Trucks driving vats of chemicals rumble onto giant mines that produce hundreds of thousands of tons of ore.

But regular people, and sometimes children, also grab a pickax and start digging. They’re known as artisanal miners, as opposed to industrial miners.

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