80% of the world’s reserve of coltan, a black or reddish-brown mineral essential in manufacturing of electronic components, is found in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The country has fell into an extremely complicated con ict with as many as 20 different armed groups operating in North Kivu and South Kivu, which nance themselves by controlling the mines.
The working conditions of the miners are extremely tough and dangerous, given that the extraction of the mineral continues to be done in a traditional way. Many miners, internally displaced because of the con ict, come to the mines with the intention of nding a way, however precarious, of survival.
This project aims to show how the plundering of the mineral wealth is the main cause of the perpetuation of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Winner of the photojournalism contest human nature, organized by groupe photo Média international, La Maison du développement durable and euréko.
Judith prat is a spanish documentary photographer. in recent years she has taken pictures of different themes such as the armed con ict in the democratic republic of the Congo, syrian refugees living in neighboring countries or the intensi cation of the violence related to Boko haram in nigeria.
her work has been awarded in international festivals and contests such as Julia Margaret Cameron award 2014, prix de la photographie paris 2014, international photography awards (ipa) 2013 and 2014 and Moscow international photo awards 2014.