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Bas van Abel Bas van Abel
February 21st, 2013

Bas’ Trip to DR Congo with Conflict-Free Tin Initiative

Bas' Trip to DR Congo

I’ve just returned from a 8-day trip to DRC with a delegation from the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative! I have a lot of pictures and stories to tell, but there’s so much going on at FairPhone HQ (Barcelona Mobile World Congress next week), so for now I’ll leave you with a few things to look over in the meantime.

You can see a sneak peek selection here of photos I took where you’ll see mines where cassiterite is extracted. This will be turned into the tin that will go into your phone this year! I also want to share a short video with you from Jaime Bourbon-Parma, Special Envoy Natural Resources (Netherlands) who talks about what the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative hopes to do:

Create demand for conflict-free tin from Eastern Congo and thereby create a prospect for economic development and regional stability.

The Initiative introduces a tightly controlled conflict-free supply chain outside the control of armed groups. I hope that tides you over before my full report back next week.

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