Saturday, July 25, 2009

Indonesia: Poor turn to illegal gold mining defying the law and death

Poor people in Indonesia have been flocking to the island of Lombok, where they are finding gold, and it is transforming their lives.

They are breaking the law but some have been able to earn more money in a day than they had in a year as farmers or labourers.

Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen discovers that there are serious risks to the Lombok gold rush.

Published by Mike Hitchen,
Putting principles before profits