Exploitation of Africa

I have been telling my students that although many of the people in Africa are poor the land of Africa is rich in resources and many other people and companies know this.  I wanted to share an article about Africa, its resources and how many people outside of Africa profit from exploiting the resources in Africa. I am going to share part of an article from Tierramerica and the website is  http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/09/two-children-may-have-died-for-you-to-have-your-mobile-phone/

 

ALAGA, Spain, Sep 12 2012 (IPS) – “It’s possible that two children died so that you could have that mobile phone,” says Jean-Bertin, a 34-year-old Congolese activist who wants to end the “absolute silence” around the crimes committed in his country to exploit strategic raw materials like coltan.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has at least 64 percent of worldwide reserves of coltan, the colloquial African name for a dull black ore composed of two minerals, columbite and tantalite.

Tantalum, the metal extracted from this ore, is a rare, hard, blue-gray, lustrous transition metal that is highly corrosion resistant. It is used in the production of capacitors for electronic equipment such as mobile phones, computers and tablets, as well as in earphones, prosthetics, implants and turbine blades, among many other products.

 

This next article is from CNN and also talks about business people coming into Africa to exploit its mineral rich land.  This is only part of the article the other part can be found at : http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/29/business/africa-business-aviation/

 

Private-aircraft manufacturers are increasingly targeting Africa’s growing economies as the resource-rich continent is quietly emerging as an important hub in global business aviation.

In a continent where commercial routes are often limited, a growing number of smaller, privately owned planes are now taking to the skies, creating new connections in and out of Africa.

Driven mainly by entrepreneurs and wealthy individuals involved in the natural resources, banking and telecoms sectors, the continent’s burgeoning market is expected to grow significantly in the coming years.

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