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Blurb:At the center of the conflict is the unrefined metallic ore, coltan. After processing, coltan turns into a powder called tantalum, which is used extensively in a wealth of western electronic devices including cell phones, computers and, of course, game consoles.

Allegedly, the demand for coltan prompted Rwandan military groups and western mining companies to plunder hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the rare metal, often by forcing prisoners-of-war and even children to work in the country's coltan mines

Makes yuo wonder how any of the gadgets we have came to be.

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Made me look, I was always aware of Tantalum capacitors, but had never looked for their source materials.. Big bucks involved, pretty vital to the while electronics industry..

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