The Human Cost of Gold | National Geographic Magazine: Quarantesept | Belgian Gold Mine | Ituri, DR Congo

Quarantesept | Belgian Gold Mine | Ituri, DR Congo

Villagers in the war-weary Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo scrape for gold in a shaft dug decades ago by a Belgian company. Until recently, armed groups controlled Ituri’s rich mines, using gold to buy weapons.

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