July 24, 2007
Congo's tin soldiers

Digging for cassiterite

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It doesn’t glitter like a diamond or burn like oil but cassiterite is another natural resource that is causing more pain than profit for the majority of Africans that try to extract it from their soil.

Demand for cassiterite -- a tin ore used in computer circuitry -- is on the rise. So too is illegal mining of the ore in the Democratic Republic of Congo where militias are forcing laborers to work in atrocious conditions with little or no pay.

Reporter Jonathan Miller treks deep into the jungle to see how it works.
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