Chinese Mine Ghana Gold Illegally
Foreign gold seekers are nothing new in Ghana, but a new wave of prospectors are now making their presence felt, this time from China.
Ghana’s laws say foreign companies are only allowed to work on large, open-pit operations. But campaigners say Chinese entrepreneurs are also illegally controlling small-scale operations behind the scenes, typically through a local intermediary.
Ghana is Africa’s second largest gold exporter. More than 100,000 Ghanaians work in these small, dark mine shafts. Together they produce about 20 percent of the country’s gold.