On a recent episode of the Son Rise Morning Show, we discussed a surprising connection between our high-tech devices and child labor in locations such as the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Listen to the conversation here:
According to a special investigation released by CNN this week, you and I may be complicit in exploiting child labor simply by using our cell phones, laptops or electric vehicles. CNN reports:
A CNN investigation has found that child labor is still being used to mine the valuable mineral at some operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This country produces about two-thirds of the world’s cobalt and is estimated to sit atop half of the globe’s reserves.
So what can we do, short of stopping our usage of these products?
- Pray for children around the world who are being exploited and abused by child labour. I have been invoking the intercession of St. Josephine Bahkita, patron saint of those who have been enslaved or trafficked, in my personal prayers.
- Observe Child Labour Day on June 12. On the observance of this UN established day in 2016, Pope Francis said, “Let us unite and renew our efforts to remove the causes of this modern slavery, that deprives millions of children of certain fundamental rights and exposes them to serious dangers. Today there are many child slaves in the world.” Learn more about this year’s observance and some steps you can take here.
- Support the work of Catholic Relief Services in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Consider our purchasing habits, investing patterns and contact our elected officials. I found this list of “10 Tips for Helping End Child Labor” to be full of good information and ideas.
Copyright 2018 Lisa Hendey