Iman, Conflict Minerals and You

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The Three Ts

The illicit sale of four popular minerals (gold and the three Ts: tin, tantalum and tungsten) has funded the deadly conflict in Congo for 15 years. For this reason, minerals extracted from this region are referred to as “conflict minerals.” Since the start of the war, fighting has killed more than 5 million people, making it one of the worst wars the world has ever seen. Mass rapes of hundreds of thousands of women have been used to intimidate citizens. (A gold buyer displays a recent purchase in Mongbwalu, Congo. Photo source: Getty Images)

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