Consuming the Congo by Peter Eichstaedt
War and Conflict Minerals in the World's Deadliest Place

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Going behind the headlines and deep into the brutal world of the Congo, thisexposé examines why eastern Congo is the most dangerous place on the planet. While the Western world takes for granted its creature comforts such as cell phones or computers, five million Congolese needlessly die in the quest for the valuable minerals that make those technologies work. Much of the war-torn country has largely become lawless, overrun by warlords who exploit and murder the population for their own gain. Delving into the history of the former Belgian colony, this book exposes the horror of day-to-day life in the Congo, largely precipitated by colonial exploitation and internal strife after gaining independence. It offers not only a view into the dire situation but also examines how the Western world, a part of the problem, can become a part of the solution.
 

About Peter Eichstaedt

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Peter Eichstaedt is a veteran journalist, the former senior editor for Uganda Radio Network, and the author of First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army and If You Poison Us: Uranium and Native Americans.
 
Published July 1, 2011 by Chicago Review Press. 272 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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However, the eastern Congo has become “the rape capital of the world”—and, with more than five million dead in the last decade, the site of “the deadliest human catastrophe since World War II.” Eichstaedt’s reporting reveals in grim detail how rival ethnic militias and the national Congolese army...

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In harrowing detail, Eichstaedt (First Kill Your Family) investigates the "the deadliest human catastrophe since World War II," the carnage in eastern Congo, fought for and financed by the country's stores of rare and precious resources including gold and coltan, the metal powering our cellphones...

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Jason Stearns reviews "Consuming the Congo: War and Conflict Minerals in the
World's Deadliest Place" by Peter Eichstaedt.

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At times he does try to fit the complexities of the eastern Congo into the snug straitjacket of conflict minerals, warning that "each time we use a mobile phone, use a video game console, or open a tin can, we hold the lives and deaths of the eastern Congolese in our hands."

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Mr. Eichstaedt, a journalist who works for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in the Hague, goes right to the heart of the story, interviewing ragged refugees as they flee from a butchering militia, sitting in mud huts talking to villagers who’ve had limbs severed in the violence, as well ...

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