Exploitation in the mines of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is now receiving global attention thanks to a new trending social media hashtag, #CongoIsBleeding, that seeks to highlight the child slavery, deadly conflicts and corruption spawned by the quest to feed megacompanies with minerals.
The hashtag was conceived just around the time Nigerian protesters put together #EndSARS so as to tap into the energy of the storm created by the far-reaching Nigerian protests against police brutality. In the last fortnight, #CongoIsBleeding has entered the trending lists in a few locations including Ghana, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France and South Africa.
Celebrities from Africa and outside including NBA star Serge Ibaka, have taken to Twitter to draw awareness and seek help. So what exactly is happening in the Democratic Republic of Congo?