A UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo found in its annual report that at least 1.1 tonnes of gold were smuggled out of Ituri province alone in 2019.
Congolese women entered the mining sector in the late 90s and ever since they have been fighting discrimination, superstition and outdated customs, while they successfully bring more and more women into the workforce.
Bodies of some two dozen illegal gold miners pulled out of two gold mines in west of capital Harare that were flooded earlier in the week, officials and witnesses say.
As the government decriminalised gold digging in the country three years ago, violence perpetrated by robbers and mining mafia is on the surge. Many miners now carry machetes for self defense.
Officials say the incident happened at Black Mountain in the town of Kitwe, where artisanal miners have taken to re-mining the waste site for copper and other metals.
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