If you’ve come across the Sky News report: Meet Dorsen, who mines cobalt to make your smartphone work - you’ll know that the film has impact. Dorsen is 8, working a 12 hour day for as little as 8p. When filmed he hadn’t eaten for 2 days. He was in pain and exhausted. It seemed to be the worst day of his life - but it was just a normal day for him.
That film did something to me. I cobbled the website together: www.cobaltchildren.org and started campaigning for corporates to take action to help these children. The cobalt, mined in DR Congo, is used in rechargeable batteries to make smartphones, cameras, cars work. Companies such as Apple, Samsung, Daimler, Volkswagen, Sony - profit from cobalt mined by children, but make excuses so that they don’t take responsibility.
Anyway - while there’s a battle going on with corporates, even £1 makes a huge difference to a cobalt child. I’ve made contact with a charity called Kimbilio who support and nurture children escaping the streets and mines in DR Congo. I’m making fabric smartphone sleeves and 100% of any sales will be sent to help these kids. You can see the film on Facebook. Here’s the link. It’s had 44 million views, so people do care. Let’s hope the corporates also step up to help these children. https://www.facebook.com/skynews/videos/1659591590722098/