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Women pan for gold along the Dagua River, Zaragoza, Colombia, July 8, 2009 (AP photo by Christian Escobar Mora).

Colombia’s Informal Gold Miners Feel the Heat From All Sides

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016

The threats arrived in October by Whatsapp messages and pamphlets that were circulated around the northern Colombian town of Segovia. They placed a death sentence on every one of the 1,600 workers of Grupo Damasa, the business that operates the town’s richest gold mines, if the mining company did not pay a gold “tax.”

“Stop working or we will stop you. We’re not playing,” they read. ...

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