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Damning Report Documents How Small-Scale Chinese Cobalt Miners in the DR Congo Use Child Labor

The popular Congolese news site Actualites.CD published an in-depth report by Lumbubashi-based journalist Anto Mulanga that details the widespread use of child labor in small-scale mines in the southeastern cobalt mining belt.

While the report is not exclusively focused on how independent small-scale Chinese miners engage in this horrific practice, it’s nonetheless a prominent theme in Mulanga’s reporting.

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