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Mining for phones in DRC

YOU’RE home from school. Homework’s done, you’ve had your afternoon snack and you kick back for some time on your iPad or smartphone. On the other side of the world Danny’s day is just beginning. He is about to head into tunnels deep underground to mine cobalt, the metal that’s put in the rechargeable batteries that power our electronic devices. Danny is 15 and mines by hand in soaring heat or pouring rain in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in central Africa. He has no protective gloves