Zimbabwe’s Small-Scale, Artisanal Miners Emerge as Country’s Biggest Gold Producers

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: BusinessEnvironmentPolitics

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.

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Featured Photo of Informal Parking Attendant in Zimbabwe

Region: Africa

Topics: Business

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Featured Photo of Water Sales Due to Low Rainfall in Southern India

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In Trump Era, Mexicans Fear Remittances Will Be Cut Off, Relatives Will Be Deported

Region: Mexico

Topics: BusinessHuman RightsPolitics

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.

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Q&A: As Zimbabwe’s Gold Rush Surges, Environment Official Cautions Miners

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: BusinessEnvironment

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.

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Featured Photo of Public Dumping in Zimbabwe, Government Blames Sites for Typhoid Outbreak

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Foreign Aid Agencies in DRC Treat Local Workers Poorly, Protesters Say

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: BusinessHuman Rights

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.

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Region: Nepal

Topics: Culture

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Amid Dearth of Drugs for Mentally Ill, Same Medications Are Abused on the Street

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Health

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.

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Amid Job Scarcity, Zimbabwe’s Unlicensed Brick Molders Degrade the Land

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: BusinessEnvironment

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.

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