As we remember our dearly departed colleague, Jonah Mngola, we are excited to publish his report on Artisanal Small Scale Miners, who represented his life’s
I am told, I am the first woman to get inside a gold mine in Vihiga county, Kenya. In many parts of the world, women are not allowed to go anywhere near a mine because it’s believed that mining sites are men’s territories, so women are responsible for removing gold from the soil after the actual mining process. Women are kept away from the mine shafts; dark, dusty, claustrophobia-inducing holes that usually go almost a Kilometre into the earth. “It is not safe for a woman to go down there. It is just not done.”
What a year this has been! For many of us, this year has been an unparalleled horror show one that will not easily be forgotten.
In a small team, just like in a family, the loss of one member is felt in a huge way. Today, our family mourns the
In all mining areas, we found that mining work, in general, is gender-segregated – women will not go down a mine shaft to do the
In the last few weeks, we have travelled to different parts of Kenya to meet with artisan miners and listen to them tell us about