Monday, August 09, 2004

NEWS - Gorillas affected by Coltan mining

Are YOU affecting the lives of Gorillas as we speak?
Please read this fascinating article from CBC's Matthew Pace.
Inside our computers, and our cellular phones and pagers, is a metallic ore called coltan. It's hard, resistant to corrosion, and a good conductor of heat and electricity. Coltan is mined in only a few places in the world. The eastern Congo is one of them.

Coltan can be mined with just a shovel. So, during the technology boom a few years back, thousands of Congolese who lived nearby rushed into the park to mine the ore illegally. They had little to eat, until they started shooting the gorillas....