In a special opinion piece for CNN today, I highlighted the changes afoot to end the deadly trade in Congo's conflict minerals. Armed groups in eastern Congo generate an estimated $180 million each year by trading four main minerals: tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold.
The op-ed, co-authored by Sasha Lezhnev, Executive Director of the Grassroots Reconciliation Group, begins with a story about a Congolese woman named Mary who we met during our recent trip to eastern Congo.
Mary told us: "If you talk to Obama or the phone companies, tell them what happens here."
As consumers of jewelry and electronics we all have a responsibility to demand conflict-free products. Email the 21 biggest electronics companies and urge them to make their products conflict free.