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“Blood in the Mobile” documentary to be screened in London

TG Foundation will host a private screening of Frank Piasecki Poulsen’s Award Winning Film “Blood in the Mobile” in London on 19th March 2012.

The documentary depicts the connection between mobile phones and the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gold, tin, tantalum, tungsten and other rare minerals are all mined in eastern Congo and essential in the manufacture of consumer electronic products.

Mr. Poulsen travels to DR Congo to see the illegal mine industry with his own eyes. He gets access to Congo’s largest tin-mine, which is being controlled by different armed groups, and where children work for days in narrow mine tunnels to dig out the minerals that end up in our phones.
 
After visiting the mine Mr. Poulsen struggles to get to talk to Nokia, the World’s largest phone company. He wants them to guarantee that they are not buying conflict minerals but Nokia cannot give him that guarantee.
 
“Blood in Mobile” is a film about our responsibility for the conflict in the DR Congo and about corporate social responsibility.

The conflict in the DR Congo has killed more than five million people and displaced more than two and a half million people.

The DR Congo is home to the deadliest conflict since the Second World War. The situation in Eastern Congo is dire. Government and rebel militias fight to control the country’s natural resources.

Profits from conflict minerals fund horrific violence.

The DR Congo's disorganised military and police do little to stop the carnage. Armed groups, operating without accountability, use extreme violence to intimidate civilians.

Countless women have been raped and children orphaned.

The DR Congo’s wars officially ended in 2003, yet more than two and a half million people are still displaced.

Guest speakers at the event will include Mr. Poulsen, director of “Blood in the Mobile”, Clive Baldwin, Senior Legal Advisor, Human Rights Watch, and Tatiana Giraud, CEO of TG Foundation.

The event will take place at Kahlili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG, from 19:00.

This event is strictly by invitation only, so to secure your seat, please RSVP at: [email protected] or call +44 (0)20 8432 9757 by Friday 16th March.

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