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Cobalt mining comes at a great cost to public health in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. New research reveals that children are particularly vulnerable: their urine and blood samples contain high concentrations of cobalt and other metals.
Every other year or so, news of terrible mining conditions seems to send Apple scrambling. In 2016, The Washington Post published a story about mines in the Congo, which are a main source of cobalt for Apple. The story revealed that these mines employed children. Workers there were made to dig by hand for very low wages, barely enough to live on.