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Ebola, Diamonds and the Survival of the Kono People

Ebola, Diamonds and the Survival of the Kono People

October 21, 2014, by Babar Turay

An analysis of the impact of the Ebola outbreak for ASM diamond miners in the Kono District of Sierra Leone.

Living in the Shadows of Ebola

Living in the Shadows of Ebola

October 7, 2014, by Babar Turay

I awoke at 4:30am GMT and, like any normal day for me, I started the morning by offering prayers, and later listening to the news that bellowed through on the radio.

Anti-Conflict Mineral Initiatives and the Green-Washing Phenomenon

Anti-Conflict Mineral Initiatives and the Green-Washing Phenomenon

January 16, 2014, by Dr. Yolande Kyngdon-McKay

In March 2013, I spent several weeks working at the headquarters of Not For Sale, a California-based NGO that seeks to combat modern slavery around the world.

A Miner's Story: Eugenio Huayhua Vera, Sotrami S.A., Peru

A Miner's Story: Eugenio Huayhua Vera, Sotrami S.A., Peru

December 10, 2013, by Eugenio Huayhua Vera

I’d like to talk about the challenges that my community faces. I represent a company formed by artisanal miners from Santo Filomena, called Sociedad de Trabajadores Mineros S.A (SOTRAMI). We work in an area that is completely arid and dry.

A Miner's Story: Gayatri Morales Gutierrez, Cotapata, Bolivia

A Miner's Story: Gayatri Morales Gutierrez, Cotapata, Bolivia

December 10, 2013, by Gayatri Morales Gutierrez

The realities of mining are similar everywhere in Latin America, just the region varies. My organisation is located in Cotapata in Bolivia. In short, I will say that with Fairtrade certification we have gotten a better life and were able to take on social and environmental responsibility.

A Miner's Story: Santiago Ramirez Castro, Macdesa, Peru

A Miner's Story: Santiago Ramirez Castro, Macdesa, Peru

December 10, 2013, by Santiago Ramirez Castro

I would like to start with a personal experience in artisanal mining. I was born in 1971 in Lima. I wanted to study to have a career but due to the critical economic situation in my country, I had to start working at an early age.

A Miner's Story: Aristarco Mosquera, Cooperacion Oro Verde, Colombia

A Miner's Story: Aristarco Mosquera, Cooperacion Oro Verde, Colombia

December 10, 2013, by Aristarco Mosquera and Felipe Arango

I have been mining for the Afro-Colombian communities in Colombia. It’s not a very positive world –the process of slavery that our ancestors went through was partly linked to mining.

The Pride of Mining Responsibly: Fairtrade/Fairmined Certified Artisanal Gold Miners Recount Their Journey Towards Social and Environmental Sustainability

The Pride of Mining Responsibly: Fairtrade/Fairmined Certified Artisanal Gold Miners Recount Their Journey Towards Social and Environmental Sustainability

December 10, 2013, by

Stakeholders of the jewellery and precious metals industry recently had the rare opportunity to meet directly with representatives of artisanal and small-scale gold miners.

Dr. 1502-Love: Or, How We All Need to Stop Worrying and Love the Term ‘Not DRC Conflict-Free’

Dr. 1502-Love: Or, How We All Need to Stop Worrying and Love the Term ‘Not DRC Conflict-Free’

November 21, 2013, by Brad A. Brooks-Rubin

In July, our latest ASM-PACE report was released, focusing on the ASM of gold and tin – two 'conflict minerals' under the Dodd-Frank Act, Section 1502 – in the Itombwe Reserve in South Kivu, DRC.

Ninja Miners and Rural Change in Mongolia

Ninja Miners and Rural Change in Mongolia

November 1, 2013, by Cristina Villegas

I was recently in Mongolia to give a presentation on artisanal mining and conservation for the "Sustainable Artisanal Mining Project" ("SAM") funded by the Swiss and co-implemented with the Mongolian government.

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