Blood Minerals, Narratives from the DRC, is an audio story set in the heart of the war torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A photojournalist, a child soldier, and a doctor are on individual journeys which spiral together. We follow them to experience daily challenges first hand and visit villages under ambush, refugee hubs, makeshift hospitals, dense jungle canopy, enemy camps and mines.
We meet an array of characters from displaced persons to a pastor, warlords, and rebel leaders, as well as medical staff, miners, and enslaved child fighters, of which there are estimated to be around 30,000 still in existence in the DRC today, as well as every deadly disease known to mankind.
This is a powerful 76 minute long tale that is split into 17 short chapters.
The voices are led by actor Paul McCann (Withnail & I, Dr. Who) as the photojournalist, and there is music from Mbwengue Star, BADI, and a special track written by Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran) and performed by singer Anna Ross.
This story was written by Dino Mahtini, a former foreign correspondent for the Financial Times and Reuters, and investigator for the UN Security Council. It is the brainchild of Marcus Bleasdale, a Grierson awarded photographer who spent more than a decade reporting on issues relating to conflict minerals in the DRC for TIME and National Geographic among others, Daniella Steadman, advertising strategist and producer, and Patrick O’Luanaigh, a leading figure in the UK Video Games industry.
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