Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Coltan, Goma & my mobile

Here is a link to a BBC article I published today about why Goma matters.


Photos from a visit there in September 2012.



  1. Hi Prof Trefon. Sorry to nitpick but I found your article less than perfect. Not sure if your figure about Kivu holding 70% of the world's coltan is accurate - but kivu is very far from being the largest supplier of the mineral to the market if the figures in the Geenen and Maryse political economy book are right anyhow. Second your article characterises Kigali as a benign dictatorship at home. But this is a false divide within Rwanda the rpf have almost certainly killed tens of thousands in reprisal killings after the genocide and they continue to assasinate political opponents. Sorry to nitpick

  2. Dear Prof Trefon,

    We have prepared a response to your article which we are sending to the BBC and would like to send you a copy. Please advise how you wish to be contacted; you can write to me at (tech at tanb dot org).

    Yours sincerely,

    Ulric Schwela
    Tantalum-Niobium International Study Center

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