Maisha Africa, a Chinese-run smelter in Lubumbashi, Congo, is one of dozens of foreigh-owned smelters that process cobalt for export. Workers and Congolese human rights groups accuse the private Chinese firms of poor labor practices, low salaries and lax safety standards. (Shashank Bengali/MCT)
Maisha Africa, a Chinese-run smelter in Lubumbashi, Congo, is one of dozens of foreigh-owned smelters that process cobalt for export. Workers and Congolese human rights groups accuse the private Chinese firms of poor labor practices, low salaries and lax safety standards. (Shashank Bengali/MCT) MCT
Maisha Africa, a Chinese-run smelter in Lubumbashi, Congo, is one of dozens of foreigh-owned smelters that process cobalt for export. Workers and Congolese human rights groups accuse the private Chinese firms of poor labor practices, low salaries and lax safety standards. (Shashank Bengali/MCT) MCT

African workers find harsh conditions in Chinese-run plants

July 24, 2009 02:53 PM

UPDATED July 27, 2009 08:24 AM

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