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Toxic Trade

Goldmines in Tanzania

In Tanzania thousands of people daily risk their lives in small-scale mines to find gold. Many of them work 12 hours per day in insecure 100 meter deep holes. Accidents happen everyday. To receive the pure gold people use mercury and are exposed to mercury and toxic vapor. Many adults and especially children suffer from the effects of pollution and mercury poisoning. At the same time the workers arrived, prostitution and HIV have increased dramatically. Beside those illegal goldmines there are professional companies like Barrick Gold that are exploiting the resources of Tanzania but hardly pay any taxes. The country is among the three biggest exporters of gold but still remain among the poorest countries worldwide. Tanzania’s president, John Magufuli, has announced an export ban for gold to finally receive some payments in exchange for the shiny raw material.

Thank you so much for all your support to all people involved in this project.
Special thanks to Neema & the team from Shdepha Kahama.