You are here

Indonesian islands pay price for mining tin as demand for metal rises

Paci adjusting his mask as he prepares for a dive to dredge tin from the seabed off Sungai Liat in north-east Bangka. One-third of the world's tin comes from the Indonesian islands of Bangka and Belitung, where thousands risk serious injury and death in the mines.

Sungai Liat, Indonesia

DEEP beneath the murky ocean, Paci breathes through a thin plastic tube as he dredges the seabed for tin, a vital component inside smartphones and tablets that's brought riches and ruin to his island home.

One-third of the world's tin comes from the...

Market voices on: