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What it takes to make a conflict-free smartphone

Tantalum is a key component in precision technologies in aviation, automobile, armaments and electronics. ||| Johannesburg - On a moonscaped rise in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, thousands of men and women carve a heavy, off-white mineral away from the hillside with pickaxes, then wash it with shovels in man-made streams and haul it down the hill in 110-pound sacks.
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