My name is Bandi Mbubi. When I first came to the UK from the Democratic Republic of the Congo over 20 years ago, I was homesick. I missed my family and the friends I left behind; communication was extremely difficult. Today it’s so much easier. My two sons can talk to my parents and get to know them using their mobile phones.
Like many of you I’m sure, I’m dependent on my phone, my laptop and other electronic equipment for so many things I want to do. But I’m also concerned because I know from experience that these wonderful and necessary products are causing unimaginable suffering back in my home country.
That’s why I’m writing to you now. Conflict minerals — minerals that are mined, and fuelling conflict, in areas such as the Congo — mean that a huge range of electronic products could be tainted by forced labour, sexual violence and children forced to fight by armed groups. But we have an opportunity to start to change that.