Artisanal gold mining in the Congo

• Artisanal gold mining in the Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - a country in Central Africa, which was a Belgian colony until 1960. One of the poorest countries in the world, rich in natural resources. Here, there are copper, diamonds, gold, and silver, and oil, and uranium ...

Artisanal gold mining in the Congo

Artisanal gold mining is very common in the Congo. Do you think you hard work? Soon you change this opinion.

Gold ore mining started in the first open pit in 1951. It is estimated that before the riots of 1960, when the Democratic Republic of Congo gained independence from Belgium, produced about 4 tons of gold. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic):

Artisanal gold mining in the Congo

When it comes to industrial production, the Congo expected hosted international mining companies siphoned off resources from the state. However, the leadership of the Congo strongly welcomes this development. Yet gold mining - it's an investment, jobs, kickbacks ... (Photo by Goran Tomasevic):

Artisanal gold mining in the Congo

more companies prevent artisanal gold mining, which is very common in the Congo. It is the main source of employment and income in the country, and the number of people involved in it, estimated at 12 million people. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic):

Artisanal gold mining in the Congo

Other local problems that impede the extraction of gold - in the ongoing military operations for many years. Added to this was an epidemic of Ebola. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic):

Artisanal gold mining in the Congo

But back to the artisanal gold mining in the Congo. The photos were taken April 7, 2018. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic):

Artisanal gold mining in the Congo

The working conditions here catastrophic. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic):

Artisanal gold mining in the Congo

All day on the gate in the mud and in the water. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic):

Artisanal gold mining in the Congo

Endless War has transformed Congo into one of the poorest and most miserable countries. It seems absurd until you realize that the profits of mines controlled by militias, just fueling the chaos reigns here. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic):

Artisanal gold mining in the Congo

Break. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic):

Artisanal gold mining in the Congo

These mines supply the raw materials the world's largest electronics and jewelry manufacturers: in any laptop, gaming console, or a gold chain may be present piece of the Congo tragedy. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic):

Artisanal gold mining in the Congo

Some time ago in the United States went on the offensive human rights organizations. July 21, 2010 President Barack Obama signed a law that ordered the US company to place their shares on the stock exchange, indicate not contain whether their products minerals extracted in the mines, including in the Congo, which control the armed groups. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic):

Artisanal gold mining in the Congo

It is believed that only 10% of the mines in the east of the Congo - "clean". A gold mines for the most part in the hands of the military or the rebels. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic):

Artisanal gold mining in the Congo

(Photo: Goran Tomasevic):

Artisanal gold mining in the Congo

And all for the sake of gold. (Photo by Goran Tomasevic):

Artisanal gold mining in the Congo