Tens of thousands of people are to be evicted and their homes demolished to allow mining companies to extract an estimated £75 billion of cobalt underneath a bustling city in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The authorities have said that they will compensate all of the 10,000 families that will be moved from Kolwezi, a sprawling city of a million people sitting on an abundance of mineral wealth. The country supplies two thirds of the world’s cobalt, which is used in batteries that power phones, computers and electric cars. Rights groups fear that the relocation will leave many worse off and lead to more people mining, work that is often done by hand in unregulated and dangerous conditions.
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