I am headed to Liberia this afternoon to check in on two field projects. One works with ex-combatants who are illicitly mining gold or diamonds in the bush, and attempts different strategies to reintegrate them socially and economically.
I went back through my photo archive and thought I’ve give people a sense of gold digging.
This is what a capital-intensive gold digging process looks like:
This is what not very capital-intensive gold digging looks like:
This is an excellent lesson in why capital accumulation is usually a good thing.
Here is what you get for your efforts.
After much pounding and sifting, here is the final stage of refinement:
A little closer:
And here is a slightly different kind of gold digger.