Small-scale and artisanal miners produced more gold than large-scale companies in Zimbabwe in recent months. Proposed changes to the nation’s mining laws to recognize and support smaller operations could boost production even more, small-scale miners and their advocates say.
Mexicans in the U.S., wary of the president’s anti-immigrant policies, stepped up remittances sent to their families in Mexico to a record amount in 2016. GPJ reporters interviewed residents of Mexico’s southernmost state, who spoke about their fears and hopes in the face of recent uncertainty.
Miners and panners sometimes divert the course of rivers with their digging, and they dump mercury and cyanide into the waters, making them harmful. A government program is training miners about the benefits of working in an environmentally friendly manner.
Foreign aid agencies operating in Democratic Republic of Congo seldom recruit local workers, and when they do, they’re paid far less than foreign workers, local people say. Frustrated with high unemployment and lack of job opportunities, protestors are demanding that international organizations hire more qualified locals.
At a time when Zimbabwe is struggling to provide adequate medications for mentally ill patients, the drugs are easily accessible to abusers in Harare’s poorest neighborhoods. Unemployment and lack of drug regulation are cited, and one psychiatrist says families, schools, and rehabilitation centers together must target the problem.
In the Mount Hampden region near Harare, unlicensed brick molders say the work is one of the few avenues open to them to provide for their families. Regulations against the illegal work hasn’t been enforced, and a local council charged with addressing the issue has not moved to help the molders get licenses or find ways to protect the environment.