“Cobalt Red” – Book Talk with Siddharth Kara
Siddharth Kara is a researcher, activist, and author on modern slavery. He is a British Academy Global Professor and a Visiting Lecturer at the Jeb E. Brooks School at Public Policy. Kara has taught courses on modern slavery at the Harvard Kennedy School, UC Berkeley, and Cornell.
Cobalt Red is the searing, first-ever exposéof the immense toll taken on the people and environment of the Democratic Republic of the Congo by cobalt mining, as told through the testimonies of the Congolese people themselves. Kara has traveled deep into cobalt territory to document the testimonies of the people living, working, and dying for cobalt. To uncover the truth about brutal mining practices, Kara investigated militia-controlled mining areas, traced the supply chain of child-mined cobalt from toxic pit to consumer-facing tech giants, and gathered shocking testimonies of people who endure immense suffering and even die mining cobalt.