Book cover of Cobalt Red: How the Blood of the Congo Powers Our Lives by Siddhartha Karaby Siddhartha Kara

The revelatory New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller, shortlisted for the Financial Times Best Business Book of the Year Award.

An unflinching investigation reveals the human rights abuses behind the Congo’s cobalt mining operation—and the moral implications that affect us all.

Cobalt Red is the searing, first-ever exposé of the immense toll taken on the people and environment of the Democratic Republic of the Congo by cobalt mining, as told through the testimonies of the Congolese people themselves. Activist and researcher Siddharth Kara has traveled deep into cobalt territory to document the testimonies of the people living, working, and dying for cobalt. To uncover the truth about brutal mining practices, Kara investigated militia-controlled mining areas, traced the supply chain of child-mined cobalt from toxic pit to consumer-facing tech giants, and gathered shocking testimonies of people who endure immense suffering and even die mining cobalt.

Interview with the Author

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807: Siddharth Kara | How the Blood of the Congo Powers Our Lives
3/9/23          91 min


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#1914 – Siddharth Kara
12/22/22            112 min


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The New Heart of Darkness: Siddharth Kara on how the (rechargable) blood of the Congo powers our lives
8/23/23           38 min


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Siddharth Kara on Cobalt Red
2/8/23           50 min


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332 | How the Congo’s Cobalt Fuels Electric Vehicles, Batteries, and Modern-Day Slavery with Siddharth Kara
1/20/23           62 min



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The Blood of the Congo Powers Our Tech / Siddharth Kara
3/13/23           125 min


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Siddharth Kara, Author of “Cobalt Red”
5/24/23          32 min


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