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The hidden cost of the electric car boom – child labour

A mine worker is silhouetted as he walks inside a tunnel at the Kilembe mines, in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, 497km (309 miles) west of Uganda's capital Kampala, January 31, 2013. The Kilembe copper-cobalt mine operated from 1956 to 1972, when it closed due to a drop in world copper prices and now lay in ruins. Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has promised to rehabilitate the Kilembe mines. REUTERS/James Akena (UGANDA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS COMMODITIES EMPLOYMENT) - GM1E92103TH01

Two-thirds of the world’s cobalt is found in the DRC, which is one of the world’s poorest and least developed countries. Image: REUTERS/James Akena

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Global demand for electric vehicles is accelerating. Image: McKinsey
 Car sharing initiatives are helping drive electric vehicle demand in China.
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 Congolese diggers work in an improvised mine near the town of Kambove.
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