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Hello, I’m a Mac, and Here’s How I Help Fuel the World’s Deadliest Conflict
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Hello, I’m a Mac, and Here’s How I Help Fuel the World’s Deadliest Conflict

John Prendergast addresses the role consumer electronics play in helping to fuel what is currently the deadliest conflict in the world, the war in the Congo.

Hello, I’m a Mac, and I’m helping fuel the war in the Congo – currently the deadliest conflict in the world. So are PCs, cell phones, digital cameras and other consumer electronics. That’s what Apple’s famous "I’m a Mac … And I’m a PC" ads don’t tell you. So I (Brooke) and cinematographer Steven Lubensky, with the help of actors Joshua Malina and John Lehr, decided to create a version that does.

It is not surprising if you didn’t know that your favorite Apple gadgets — your iPhone, iPad, iPod and Mac — are linked to the conflict engulfing the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo today and for the past dozen years. Most people don’t know – which is in part why the war in Congo has gone on for so long. With more than 5 million people killed, it is the deadliest conflict since World War II.

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