A Congolese miner sifts through ground rocks to separate
out the cassiterite, the main ore that’s processed into tin, in
the town of Nyabibwe, eastern Congo, a once bustling
outpost fueled by artisanal cassiterite mining. A new
report released Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, shows violent,
armed groups still exert control over pick-and-shovel
miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, despite
years of efforts by local reformers, Western activists
and multinational companies like Apple and Intel that
use minerals from the region in their products.
Conditions are better for miners in some areas,
but armed groups still threaten the gold sector.