2017-08-09 21:30:37 UTC
"His name is Dorsen and he is one of an army of children, some just four years old,
working in the vast polluted mines of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where toxic red
dust burns their eyes, and they run the risk of skin disease and a deadly lung condition.
Here, for a wage of just 8p a day, the children are made to check the rocks for the tell-
tale chocolate-brown streaks of cobalt - the prized ingredient essential for the
batteries that power electric cars.
And it's feared that thousands more children could be about to be dragged into this
hellish daily existence - after the historic pledge made by Britain to ban the sale of
petrol and diesel cars from 2040 and switch to electric vehicles.
Dorsen, just eight, is one of 40,000 children working daily in the mines of the
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The terrible price they will pay for our clean air is
ruined health and a likely early death.
Almost every big motor manufacturer striving to produce millions of electric vehicles
buys its cobalt from the impoverished central African state. It is the world's biggest
producer, with 60 per cent of the planet's reserves."