When Elephants Fight
UK 2015,1h 30min.
The control over so-called conflict minerals runs like a red thread through the Congolese unrest. Tungsten, tin, tantalum and gold are used in everything from airplane parts to mobile phones. A large share of these minerals originate in Congo, a nation also rich in natural resources such as diamonds, uranium, natural gas, oil and rare species of trees. Due to the high value of conflict minerals, insurgent groups and military leaders have long used tactics such as slavery, rape, murder and theft to gain control over these. Millions of dollars end up in their hands when these goods are sold on the international market, where they, among other things, end up as part of our electrical goods.The UN estimates that Congo has untouched mineral reserves worth 24 trillion (24 billion billion) dollar.
«Since the end of the 1990s, military forces, insurgent groups and armies plundered these riches. This has led to a series of wars which have caused more fatalities than any other conflict since Second World War, » explains film maker Mike Ramsdell, who is behind the current Congo-documentary