Intel has announced it will no longer use “conflict minerals” in its microprocessors. Photographer Marcus Bleasdale, who’s documented the suffering in the Congo’s mines, is thrilled.
“With every conflict it is very difficult to show the enormity of the suffering. You have all these statistics, 4.5 million people killed, 30,000 women raped. To get through to people you have to show individuals touched by the conflict. That’s how you engage people, how you shock them to maybe change their behavior. I want to repeat, though: It’s difficult for photographs to do this work on their own. You need an advocacy group to partner with who can knock on the doors of Congress and corporations. This advocacy work is as satisfying to me as taking a photograph.”
- Marcus Bleasdale
Marcus is a great guy. Intimidating, but great. He was a teacher back at the school I went to in Oslo. And to be given homework by someone who’s seen what he has seen, survived countless conflicts, and done the work he has done was absurd. There’s no way you’re going to feel like you aren’t wasting his time.