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From Extraction to Final Product: Following the Artisanal Gold Production Network in the Eastern DR Congo

Words: Ben Radley Photographs: Robert Carrubba Fran├žais au-dessous d’anglais. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo tens of thousands of rural families have experienced a long-term decline in their on-farm subsistence capacity due to government policy, war and demographic pressures. After agriculture, artisanal mining is now the second most important livelihood in the eastern DRC despite the inherent dangers of the work. Between 2013 and 2015, the International Peace Information Service (IPIS) visited 1,615 artisanal mines across the region, recording the presence of 239,700 miners. Around 80 percent of these miners were working in gold mines, and around two-thirds...
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