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Nomads of the Sea 01
Sabah, Malaysia
By Berta Tilmantaite
23 Aug 2013

A turtle is swimming up to get some air close to Kapalai island, Malaysia.

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Lake Malawi - turbulent times in quie...
salima
By Luis Miguel Rodrigues
05 Aug 2013

Canoes made from tree trunks are everywhere in the lake shores. Even if there is a fishing industrial business at the lake, most of this activity is made in traditional boats like this.

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Lake Malawi - turbulent times in quie...
malawi
By Luis Miguel Rodrigues
05 Aug 2013

Fishing is the main activity at the lake and in the recent time there have been troubles, for both fisherman of Tanzania and Malawi, with maritime forces in both countries once they are accused of fishing in extra territorial waters.

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Shark finning: A Cruel Dish is Disapp...
Hong Kong
By maltekol
30 Jun 2013

The trade in Shark Fins has declined in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is the world's shark fin capital, where about half of all fins are traded. But according to figures from the Hong Kong government imports last year of Shark fins dropped by a third.

For most Chinese, eating shark's fin still remains a status symbol. But as Malte Kollenberg reports young people are starting to view it differently.

This is how Shark fins are ‘harvested….
The fins are cut off a living shark and then the torso is thrown back into the ocean. Most of these fins from countries like Indonesia end up in Hong Kong.In 2008 around 10.000 tons of fins passed the city’s ports according to environmental organization Oceana.

INTV (English): Stanley Shea, Activist with French founded Bloom Association
“In Hong Kong in the old times they provided banquets which is all settled by the restaurant and the fin is always included in the banquet. So it leaves the customer, they actually have no choice to remove the dishes from the banquet set.”

But things started to change three years ago.
Under pressure from Environmental groups Governments in Hong Kong and Mainland China have stopped serving shark fins at official banquets. And big corporations as well as hotel chains are announcing they will take shark fin soup off their menus.

INTV (English): Stanley Shea, Activist with French founded Bloom Association
“We have been talking to corporate and also hotels and restaurants. And we found in Hong Kong now awareness has been increased and many hotels and restaurants now offer something alternative in the banquet menus so people can choose not to have it.”

According to the World Wildlife Fund, appetite for the fins and other shark-related products has led to some shark species falling in numbers by 60-70%.
But in March this year five more species of Shark were added to the Washington Convention, ensuring endangered species are not threatened by overfishing and trade.This means tradingof eightshark speciesis not possible without official documentation anymore.
Here is the Sheung Wan District …. Shark Fins are still openly being sold.

But small shops merchants say business lately is slow and they are reluctant to talk about shark fins on camera…it has become a sensitive topic.But not far away at restaurant Lin Heung Kui staff will still proudly tell you that shark fin soup is on the menu.

INTV(Cantonese): Unidentified employee in Restaurant
“We prepare and serve the fins in lots of ways - with a clear soup or with shredded chicken. It is definitely more popular at night. We offer an especially cheap deal at $88 at the moment, but sometimes people come to get more expensive dishes.”

Shark fin soup has been the food of the rich and wealthy for hundreds of years in China. Consumption of the fins is said to increase health.

But anthropologist Veronica Mak says generational change is taking place.

INTV (English): Veronica Mak, Anthropologist at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
“Not consuming shark fins becomes a signifier to show you are a social responsible person. In the past people made shark fins a signifier in a banquet, but nowadays this signifier changes.”

Activists believe that awareness and education is the key to change consumer behavior. And less demand for shark fins here will result in fewer sharks left for dead in the world’s oceans.

Video footage of fishermen "harvesting" fins is courtesy of Greenpeace. The footage was licensed from Greenpeace to be included into the video report.

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Le village de pêcheurs de Vanakbara
Diu, India
By Delphine Darmency
26 May 2013

Enclavée dans l’Etat du Gujarat, la presqu’île de Diu fait partie de l’un des sept territoires que compte l’Union indienne (en plus de ses 28 Etats) : celui de Daman et Diu, deux anciens comptoirs portugais. Adulée par les touristes indiens et étrangers grâce à ses plages et à sa quiétude, la presqu’île de Diu abrite également le petit port de pêche de Vanakbara à son extrémité ouest. Entre la réparation des filets de pêche et des bateaux, le triage et le séchage des poissons à même le sol, chacun s’affaire à la tâche.

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Le village de pêcheurs de Vanakbara
Diu, India
By Delphine Darmency
25 May 2013

Enclavée dans l’Etat du Gujarat, la presqu’île de Diu fait partie de l’un des sept territoires que compte l’Union indienne (en plus de ses 28 Etats) : celui de Daman et Diu, deux anciens comptoirs portugais. Adulée par les touristes indiens et étrangers grâce à ses plages et à sa quiétude, la presqu’île de Diu abrite également le petit port de pêche de Vanakbara à son extrémité ouest. Entre la réparation des filets de pêche et des bateaux, le triage et le séchage des poissons à même le sol, chacun s’affaire à la tâche.

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Gorongosa National Park
Gorongosa, Mozambique
By U.S. Editor
05 May 2013

After decades of civil war Gorongosa National Park is growing again thanks to an American millionaire that is donating part of his wealth to preserve the diversity of flora and fauna living on the reserve. Around and inside Gorongosa live around 250,000 persons that continue struggling to survive from a hard daily life after decades of civil war that came after independence from Portugal

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Fishing In Pungue River
Gorongosa, Mozambique
By Luis Miguel Rodrigues
05 May 2013

Pungue river borders south Gorongosa National Park and is the workplace of fishing communities that share the banks with animals and nature.

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Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary Of Tsunam...
Miyagi, Japan
By satoruniwa
11 Mar 2013

A fisherman stares at his fisherboat. A port has been destroyed by the tsunami and a prospect that fishing reopens is not yet in sight. Yuriage, Miyagi, Japan. 11 Mar. 2013

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Cham Fisher Folk Fear Their Future
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By U.S. Editor
23 Jan 2013

The Cham Muslim group has been living in Cambodia for hundreds of years, many subsisting as fishermen and women. But in Phnom Penh, where the peninsula divides the Mekong River from the Tonlé Sap River, many families are threatened by the development of a large hotel. The Sokha Hotel, under construction next to the pier, will have more than 450 rooms. The Cham Muslim community, many of whom don't own houses or land, fear that hotel management will force them to vacate. Where they will go, nobody knows.

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Cham Fisher Folk Fear Eviction in Cam...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By U.S. Editor
23 Jan 2013

The Cham Muslim group has been living in Cambodia for hundreds of years, many subsisting as fishermen and women. But in Phnom Penh, where the peninsula divides the Mekong River from the Tonlé Sap River, the development of a large hotel threatens many families. The Sokha Hotel, under construction next to the pier, will have more than 450 rooms. The Cham Muslim community, many of whom don't own houses or land, fear that hotel management will force them to vacate. Where they will go, nobody knows.

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Cham fisher folk fear their future (7...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Kristof Vadino
23 Jan 2013

The Cham fisher folk are not unhappy, but now their place of stay is threatened by the construction of the Sokha Hotel, a large building that will house more than 450 rooms and is being built next to the pier of the Cham families. The fishing Muslims fear that it will lead to a forced eviction, just like tens of thousands other people in Cambodia who have been forced to move in the past ten years.

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Cham fisher folk fear their future (4...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Kristof Vadino
23 Jan 2013

Young Cham fisher folk prepare to go fishing at night. They live in a Cham community at the peninsula that divides the Mekong River from the Tonlé Sap River, near the centre of Phnom Penh. Most of them work as fishermen and –women.

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Cham fisher folk fear their future (1...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Kristof Vadino
23 Jan 2013

In the early morning light, a Cham fishing boat navigates over the Tonle Sap river. The view is taken from the Japanese Friendship Bridge, at the centre of Phnom Penh. “Officially, we are not allowed to fish here because the government says we are too close to the Royal Palace. So they want us to go fishing further up. But we catch less fish over there, so we’re still coming back here," says Karim, a Cham fisherman.

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Cham fisher folk fear their future (3...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Kristof Vadino
23 Jan 2013

A Cham fishermen prays in their mosque, an open space with a green cloth that works as a roof. “When the wind is blowing hard, our mosque sometimes collapses. Then we have to built it up again”, says Treh Roun, one of the three local leaders. Behind the mosque, the Sokha hotel is under construction. The 16-floor hotel will probably be opened in 2014 and is expected to have room for about 800 guests. The Cham Muslims fear Sokha management will soon grab their land.

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Cham fisher folk fear their future (2...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Kristof Vadino
23 Jan 2013

Cham fishermen pray in their mosque, an open space with a green cloth that also serves as a roof. “When the wind is blowing hard, our mosque sometimes collapses. Then we have to built it up again,” says Treh Roun, one of the three local leaders. Behind the mosque, the Sokha hotel is under construction. The 16-floor hotel will probably be opened in 2014 and is expected to have room for about 800 guests.

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Cham fisher folk fear their future (1...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Kristof Vadino
23 Jan 2013

Young Cham fisher folk prepare to go fishing at night. They live in a Cham community at the peninsula that divides the Mekong River from the Tonlé Sap River, near the centre of Phnom Penh. Most of them work as fishermen and –women.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Kristof Vadino
23 Jan 2013

A young Cham girl walks from the Cham boats to a small shop, near the Sokha hotel, which has been in the process of being built for two years. The 16-floor hotel will probably open in 2014. The fishing Muslims fear that it will lead to a forced eviction.

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Cham fisher folk fear their future (6...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Kristof Vadino
23 Jan 2013

An older Cham sits in the self-made mosque with the Quran on his legs and a tea pot next to him. . "I came from another Cham village to read the Quran to my fellows here because there is no translation of the Quran into our language. And I'm one of the few Cham to read Arabic." Through the hole in the green cloth, the Sokha hotel is visible.

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Cham fisher folk fear their future (5...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Kristof Vadino
23 Jan 2013

A Cham woman prays at five o'click in the afternoon. She stands on her boat, her face to the east. But that is also in the direction of the Sokha hotel. The Cham Muslims fear Sokha management will soon grab their land.

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Cham fisher folk fear their future (1...
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
By Kristof Vadino
23 Jan 2013

Cham fisher women repair the fishing nets daily. Most Cham families own two boats. One boat is used for fishing, the other serves as a house.

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Tin Fever in Indonesia 1
By Steven Wassenaar
06 Dec 2012

Tin mines on Bangka Island (Indonesia) seen from a plane.
The hidden side of high tech smartphones. The demand for tin has increased due to its use in smartphones and tablets. Smartphone brands like Samsung and Apple deny all responsibility for the environmental situation in Bangka and refuse to give transparency in their tin supply chain. Bangka Island is devastated by illegal tin mines.

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By Steven Wassenaar
05 Dec 2012

Miners sift sand in search of tin in an illegal tin mine in Reboh, Bangka Island, Indonesia. Tin mines have devastated the landscape of the island. This tin rush is a direct consequence of the success of smartphones and tablets like iPhones and iPads from Apple or Samsung. The demand for tin has significantly increased due to its use in smart phones and tablets.

Mineurs tamisent du sable dans une Mine d'étain illégale à Reboh, île de Bangka (Indonésie). L'île est dévastée par cette ruée d'étain mortelle, une conséquence directe du succès des smartphones et tablettes comme les iPhones et les iPads d'Apple ou Samsung. La demande de l'étain a explosé à cause de son utilisation dans les smartphones et tablettes.

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By Steven Wassenaar
05 Dec 2012

A miner is working in a huge illegal tin mine in Batako, Tunghin. The mine has completely devastated the once green landscape of the island. This tin rush is a direct consequence of the success of smartphones and tablets like iPhones and iPads from Apple or Samsung. It is used as the solder that binds components in electronics such as tablet computers and smartphones.

Le côté caché du succès des smartphones. Des mineurs travaillent dans une grande mine d'étain illégale à Batako - Tunghin qui a complètement dévasté un paysage qui était autrefois verte. L'île de Bangka (Indonésie) est dévastée par des mines d'étain sauvages, une conséquence directe du succès des smartphones et tablettes comme les iPhones et les iPads d'Apple ou Samsung. La demande de l'étain a explosé à cause de son utilisation dans les smartphones et tablettes.

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By Steven Wassenaar
05 Dec 2012

Miners work in a huge illegal tin mine in Batako, Tunghin. Working conditions in tin mines are extremely difficult and dangerous. Miners risk their life every day diving or digging for tin. The exploitation of the mine has completely devastated the once green landscape of the island. Mines are everywhere: in backyards, in the forest, on the side of the road, out at sea.

This tin rush is a direct consequence of the success of smartphones and tablets like iPhones and iPads from Apple or Samsung. The demand for tin has significantly increased due to its use in smart phones and tablets.

Des mineurs travaillent dans une grande mine d'étain illégale à Batako - Tunghin qui a complètement dévasté un paysage qui était autrefois verte. L'île de Bangka (Indonésie) est dévastée par des mines d'étain sauvages, une conséquence directe du succès des smartphones et tablettes comme les iPhones et les iPads d'Apple ou Samsung. La demande de l'étain a explosé à cause de son utilisation dans les smartphones et tablettes.

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By Steven Wassenaar
05 Dec 2012

The hidden side of high tech smartphones.
Miners sifting sand in search of tin in an illegal tin mine in Reboh, Bangka island, Indonesia. The demand for tin has increased due to its use in smart phones and tablets. Thousands of miners from all over Indonesia come to Bangka Island (Indian Ocean), to work under hard circumstances in illegal and dangerous tin mines. Bangka Island is devastated by illegal tin mines.Le côté caché du succès des smartphones.

Mineurs tamisent du sable dans une Mine d'étain illégale à Reboh, L'île de Bangka (Indonésie) est dévastée par des mines d'étain sauvages. Des milliers de mineurs de toute l'Indonésie viennent à l'île de Bangka (océan Indien), pour travailler dans des conditions difficiles dans les mines d'étain illégales et dangereuses. La demande de l'étain a explosé à cause de son utilisation dans les smartphones et tablettes.

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By Steven Wassenaar
05 Dec 2012

Miners sift sand in seach of tin in an illegal tin mine in Reboh, Bangka, Indonesia. The island is devastated by this deadly tin rush, a direct consequence of the success of smartphones and tablets like iPhones and iPads from Apple or Samsung. The demand for tin has increased due to its use in smart phones and tablets.

Des mineurs tamisent du sable dans une Mine d'étain illégale à Reboh. L'île de Bangka (Indonésie) est dévastée par des mines d'étain sauvages, une conséquence directe du succès des smartphones et tablettes comme les iPhones et les iPads d'Apple ou Samsung. La demande de l'étain a explosé à cause de son utilisation dans les smartphones et tablettes

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By Steven Wassenaar
05 Dec 2012

Miners sift sand in search of tin in an illegal tin mine in Reboh, Bangka Island, Indonesia. Tin mines have devastated the landscape of the island. This tin rush is a direct consequence of the success of smartphones and tablets like iPhones and iPads from Apple or Samsung. The demand for tin has significantly increased due to its use in smart phones and tablets. Working conditions in tin mines are extremely difficult and dangerous. Approximately 100 to 150 miners die every year.

Des mineurs tamisent du sable dans une Mine d'étain illégale à Reboh. L'île de Bangka (Indonésie) est dévastée par des mines d'étain sauvages, une conséquence directe du succès des smartphones et tablettes comme les iPhones et les iPads d'Apple ou Samsung. La demande de l'étain a explosé à cause de son utilisation dans les smartphones et tablettes.

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By Steven Wassenaar
05 Dec 2012

Abong (52 years) after a long day of labor in the middle of the devastated landscape. He has been a miner since more then 20 years. He considers mining as a very dangerous job but he needs the money for a decent living. Bangka Island (Indonesia) is devastated by a deadly tin rush, a direct consequence of the success of smartphones and tablets like iPhones and iPads from Apple or Samsung. The demand for tin has increased due to its use in smart phones and tablets.

Abong (52 ans) après une longue journée de travail au milieu d'un paysage dévasté par activité minière. Il a été mineur depuis plus de 20 ans. Il considère l'exploitation minière comme un travail très dangereux, mais il a besoin d'argent pour une vie décente. L'île de Bangka (Indonésie) est dévastée par des mines d'étain sauvages, une conséquence directe du succès des smartphones et tablettes comme les iPhones et les iPads d'Apple ou Samsung. La demande de l'étain a explosé à cause de son utilisation dans les smartphones et tablettes.

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By Steven Wassenaar
05 Dec 2012

Makeshift rafts on the Indian ocean used as mining platforms near the fishing village Reboh. Offshore mining destroys the coral reef. Miners dig for tin by sucking the sand from the sea floor with machines. Offshore mining does not escape illegal mining practices with locals using small
boats or rafts called floating unconventional mines.

Radeaux de fortune sur l'océan Indien qui fonctionnement comme des plates-formes d'exploitation minière instables et dangereuses. Mines d'étain off shore au large de Reboh, un village de pécheurs. Ces mines détruisent les fonds sous marins, les barrières de corail et tuent les poissons. L'île de Bangka (Indonésie) est dévastée par des mines d'étain sauvages. La demande de l'étain a explosé à cause de son utilisation dans les smartphones et tablettes.

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By Steven Wassenaar
05 Dec 2012

Child in devastated landscape looks down on family members, who are miners in a huge illegal tin mine in Batako, Tunghin, a few meters from the village. Bangka Island (Indonesia) is devastated by a deadly tin rush, a direct consequence of the success of smartphones and tablets like iPhones and iPads from Apple or Samsung. The demand and price for tin has increased due to its use in smart phones and tablets.

Enfant dans un paysage dévasté regarde ses membres de la famille, des mineurs, dans une immense mine d'étain illégale à Batako - Tunghin, quelques mètres du village. L'île de Bangka (Indonésie) est dévastée par des mines d'étain sauvages, une conséquence directe du succès des smartphones et tablettes comme les iPhones et les iPads d'Apple ou Samsung. La demande de l'étain a explosé à cause de son utilisation dans les smartphones et tablettes.

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By Steven Wassenaar
05 Dec 2012

A house is balancing on the edge of an illegal tin mine in Reboh. Working conditions in tin mines are extremely difficult and dangerous. Working in tin mines is dangerous. Landslides are common and the mined tin is usually mixed with radioactive elements. The exploitation of the mine has completely devastated the once green landscape of the island. Mines are everywhere: in backyards, in the forest, on the side of the road, out at sea.

Le côté caché du succès des smartphones. Une maison sur le bord d'une mine d'étain illégale à Reboh. L'île de Bangka (Indonésie) est dévastée par des mines d'étain sauvages, une conséquence directe du succès des smartphones et tablettes comme les iPhones et les iPads d'Apple ou Samsung. La demande de l'étain a explosé à cause de son utilisation dans les smartphones et tablettes.

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By Steven Wassenaar
05 Dec 2012

Miners weigh tin sand after a day of work in an illegal tin mine in Reboh, Bangka, Indonesia. The island is devastated by this deadly tin rush, a direct consequence of the success of smartphones and tablets like iPhone and iPad from Apple or Samsung. The demand for tin has increased due to its use in smart phones and tablets.

Des mineurs pèsent de l'étain après une journée de travail dans un mine d'étain illégale à Reboh, Bangka, Indonésie. L'île est dévastée par des mines d'étain sauvages, une conséquence directe du succès des smartphones et tablettes comme les iPhones et les iPads d'Apple ou Samsung. La demande de l'étain a explosé à cause de son utilisation dans les smartphones et tablettes.

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By Steven Wassenaar
05 Dec 2012

Darman (53 years) with his son Swanda (21 years) who was able to buy himself a new motorcycle with the money he earned in the mine in Bangka Island (Indonesia) that is devastated by illegal tin mines. The demand for tin has increased due to its use in smart phones and tablets.

Darman (53 ans) avec son fils Swanda (21 ans) qui a pu s'acheter une moto grosse cylindrée grâce à l'argent de l'étain. L'île de Bangka (Indonésie) est dévastée par des mines d'étain sauvages. la demande de l'étain a explosé à cause de son utilisation dans les smartphones et tablettes

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By Steven Wassenaar
05 Dec 2012

Miner clims with difficulty an unstable sand ridge in a huge illegal tin mine in Batako, Tunghin, that has completely devastated the once green landscape. Bangka Island (Indonesia) is devastated by a deadly tin rush, a direct consequence of the success of smartphones and tablets like iPhone and iPad from Apple or Samsung. The demand and price for tin has increased due to its use in smart phones and tablets.

Mineur monte avec difficulté une crête de sable instable dans une mine d'étain illégale à Batako - Tunghin, qui a complètement dévasté un paysage qui était autrefois verte. L'île de Bangka (Indonésie) est dévastée par des mines d'étain sauvages, une conséquence directe du succès des smartphones et tablettes comme les iPhones et les iPads d'Apple ou Samsung. La demande de l'étain a explosé à cause de son utilisation dans les smartphones et tablettes.

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By Steven Wassenaar
05 Dec 2012

Miners work in a huge an illegal tin mine in Batako, Tunghin, that has completely devastated the once green landscape. Bangka Island (Indonesia) is devastated by a deadly tin rush, a direct consequence of the success of smartphones and tablets like iPhone and iPad from Apple or Samsung. The demand and price for tin has increased due to its use in smart phones and tablets.

Des mineurs travaillent dans une grande mine d'étain illégale à Batako - Tunghin qui a complètement dévasté un paysage qui était autrefois verte. L'île de Bangka (Indonésie) est dévastée par des mines d'étain sauvages, une conséquence directe du succès des smartphones et tablettes comme les iPhones et les iPads d'Apple ou Samsung. La demande de l'étain a explosé à cause de son utilisation dans les smartphones et tablettes.