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Maurice Carney - co-founder and executive director of Friends of the Congo, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group working with Congolese human rights organizations, November 13, 2008
Congo is endowed with spectacular natural resources that are vital to the functioning of modern society. We can take, for example, cobalt, of which Congo has a third of the world’s reserve of cobalt. Cobalt - the Congressional Budget Office says cobalt is a strategic mineral for the US’s aerospace and military industries... cobalt is a central mineral for the functioning of the batteries in [hybrid] cars.
... You have coltan, or columbite-tantalite. Congo has anywhere from 64 to 80 percent of the world’s reserve of this mineral, which is found in almost every cell phone. It’s found in the video games that our children play. It’s found in the airbags in our automobiles, and the air suspension brakes. It’s actually the wonder resource or wonder mineral of our time.