A file photo taken on July 9, 2010 shows children washing copper at an open-air mine in Kamatanda in the rich mining province of Katanga, southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). AFP PHOTO/GWENN DUBOURTHOUMIEU
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Cobalt mined dangerously by children in the Democratic Republic of Congo could end up in the lithium batteries of smartphones and electric cars made by Apple, Samsung or Sony, Amnesty International said Tuesday.The DR Congo accounts for more than half of global production of cobalt, mainly from the southeastern Katanga province.One company interviewed the link, but two multinationals denied sourcing cobalt from DR Congo and others took intermediate positions.Leading automobile and electronics firms such as Daimler, Lenovo, Microsoft and Samsung were unable to declare the origin of the cobalt used in their lithium-ion batteries, Amnesty said.
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