via Gregory Warner and Homeland Productions:
Your cell phone or your laptop wouldn’t work without a mineral called coltan. The Democratic Republic of Congo has about 80 percent of the world’s coltan reserves, and that has spawned a corrupt and violent industry. Military factions vie for control of the mines, earning millions of dollars while the miners themselves barely scrape by. One of those miners is Fidele Musafiri, a small man with a hammer, a spike, and a dream of striking it rich.
Produced by Gregory Warner as part of Homelands Productions‘ “WORKING” series, and first broadcast on Marketplace Radio in November 2008. Winner of the Richard H. Driehaus/Third Coast Festival award for best news feature.