DRC officials vow to tackle child labour at mines as virus threatens spike

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Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s south-eastern mining heartland are boosting efforts to tackle child labour amid concerns that the coronavirus pandemic could drive more families to put their children to work in mines, officials said. Picture: Syed Mahamudur Rahman/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s south-eastern mining heartland are boosting efforts to tackle child labour amid concerns that the coronavirus pandemic could drive more families to put their children to work in mines, officials said. Picture: Syed Mahamudur Rahman/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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The DRC is Africa’s main producer of copper and the top global source of cobalt, accounting for two-thirds of global supplies of the metal used in smartphones and electric car batteries.

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