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How 'modern-day slavery' in the Congo powers the rechargeable battery economy

Phone and electric car batteries are made with cobalt mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Cobalt Red author Siddharth Kara describes the conditions for workers as a "horror show."

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How 'modern-day slavery' in the Congo powers the rechargeable battery economy

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