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Finding common ground: The human story of gold mining


Project material, 16 pages

Within any gold mining district you will find a wide range of people. At a glance, they may appear very different — they use different tools, work in different conditions, and operate within different confines of the law. If you trust the headlines, you might believe that their differences define them and that their story is one of conflict, pollution and exploitation.

But read between the lines and you will find they have more in common than you thought, and that their story is one of joint humanity, shared values and mutual hopes for a good life.

To better understand the wide range of people who depend on gold mining, IIED travelled to Tanzania to talk to some of them. This photobook shares some of their stories. The exhibition was funded by the Ford Foundation.

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