Uganda’s Illegal Gold Market Is Bustling

A Congolese miner at Nyabibwe mine, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Aug. 17, 2012 (AP photo by Marc Hofer).
A Congolese miner at Nyabibwe mine, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Aug. 17, 2012 (AP photo by Marc Hofer).

KAMPALA, Uganda—Cars and motorcycle taxis rocket over the uneven pavement, while church sermons blare from loudspeakers. Vendors hawk bananas, cakes and chapatti. Brightly colored shops sell stationery and advertise printing services. But amid all the mundane, quotidian commerce here on Nassar Road in Uganda’s capital city, it is widely rumored that traders can buy false certificates to disguise the provenance of gold that has been smuggled over the border from the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, both of which face international sanctions on their gold trade due to its role in funding their internal conflicts. The false certificates […]

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