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Looming Battle for Karamoja’s Gold

Having lost their traditional herds, the local people of Karamoja, Uganda have increasingly turned to small-scale gold mining as a meager but fairly steady source of income. Their livelihoods are now threatened as large mining interests grow.
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A miner uses a metal stick to loosen the dirt, which she will later mix with water and sift for gold, March 2, 2014. (Hilary Heuler for VOA)
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A miner uses a metal stick to loosen the dirt, which she will later mix with water and sift for gold, March 2, 2014. (Hilary Heuler for VOA)

Livinstone Ekiru’s family once had vast herds, but now he makes a living panning for gold, March 2, 2014. (Hilary Heuler for VOA)
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Livinstone Ekiru’s family once had vast herds, but now he makes a living panning for gold, March 2, 2014. (Hilary Heuler for VOA)

A Karimojong couple mine in a hole they dug by hand, March 2, 2014. (Hilary Heuler for VOA)
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A Karimojong couple mine in a hole they dug by hand, March 2, 2014. (Hilary Heuler for VOA)

Two artisanal miners dig a pit in a dry riverbed in Karamoja, Uganda, March 2, 2014. (Hilary Heuler for VOA)
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Two artisanal miners dig a pit in a dry riverbed in Karamoja, Uganda, March 2, 2014. (Hilary Heuler for VOA)

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