Tech giants accused in lawsuit over DRC child mining deaths (The Guardian,Dec.20,2019)


Five of the world’s biggest tech firms have been implicated in the death and serious injury of children working in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Apple, Google, Dell, Microsoft, and Tesla are all named as defendants in the historic legal case, which was launched this month by a group of Congolese families whose children were affected. The Guardian reports: In the court documents, the Congolese families describe how their children were driven by extreme poverty to seek work in large mining sites, where they claim they were paid as little as $2 (£1.50) a day for backbreaking and dangerous work digging for cobalt rocks with primitive tools in dark, underground tunnels.The families claim that some of the children were killed in tunnel collapses while others were paralysed or suffered life-changing injuries from accidents.The families say that none were paid any compensation for the deaths and injuries.