Eyewitness: Congo and the War for Cobalt

This episode of The Freedom Side, which airs live every Thursday at 3:00 pm EST on BreakThrough News and “provides news and information for self-determination” on domestic and global politics, first aired on 18 June 2024. Hosts Eurgene Puryear and Rania Khalek are joined by journalist Akilimali Chomachoma.

Eyewitness DR Congo: The War Over the Cobalt in Your iPhone Destroys Millions of Lives

The death toll continues to climb in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as fighting escalates between the Congolese armed forces (FARDC) and the M23 rebel group, a proxy force backed by Rwanda. The decades-long conflict has killed approximately six million people and displaced millions more. Akilimali Chomachoma, a journalist covering the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central Africa based in the DRC, explains the reality in the country amid the ongoing conflict.

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