By Nick Baum
FRIDAY – 10/4/19
An illegal gold mine in Kampene town in the Maniema province collapsed yesterday, killing at least 22 and injuring several more. As more investigations are under way, the Maniema provincial government said that they will cover for costs related to burials and hospitalizations.
Both illegal mining and mines that fail to meet safety standards have been a recurring problem for Congo. On June 27, just three months ago, 36 illegal miners were killed in another mine collapse that took place on a legally owned property, operated by mining giant Glencore.
Illegal mining has been known as a dangerous job, and one that is common throughout Congo. An astonishing 77% of Congo lives in extreme poverty, making less than $1.90. That’s 62 million people, despite the country’s access to gold and other minerals, leading many of the country’s citizens to try and earn more despite its illegality.
Sources and Pictures: CNN, World Bank, Mining.com