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How miners, fishers are taking life out of Lake Victoria

How miners, fishers are taking life out of Lake Victoria

Twenty meters under the ground, lit only by the torches strapped to their heads, a group of eight men are seeking their fortune.

The cramped tunnels have been hewn out of the bare rock using hammers, chisels, bare hands and many days of their own toil.

The goal: to strike it lucky by finding a rich seam of gold-containing minerals that will transform their lives.

Field visit to gold mining areas with ministry of environment and mining officials

 

The Centre for Environment Justice and Development (CEJAD), a member of the project steering committee on Minamata Convention Mercury Initial Activities project implemented by Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources led the Ministries of Mining and Environment officials to a fact finding field visit to the gold mining areas of Lolgorian, Migori, Bondo, Vihiga and Kakamega for a rapid assessment of mercury use in ASGM communities.

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