Christian has been working with a group of men for the last 24 hours, mining for cobalt in shifts. The diggers, known as "creuseurs," descend 65 feet underground into a narrow, makeshift tunnel equipped with nothing but headlamps and their bare hands.
This week, CNN published a startling multimedia report on cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The investigation revealed troubling conditions in so-called "artisanal" cobalt mines, where hand mining operations are carried out with a combination of unsafe working conditions and child labor.
Workers, including children, labor in harsh and dangerous conditions to meet the world's soaring demand for cobalt, a mineral essential to powering electric vehicles, laptops, and smartphones, according to an investigation by The Washington Post.