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150-plus workers buried alive in gold mine collapse

Published by MAC on 2019-10-24
Source: Radio Dabanga

Shocking news has emerged that many scores of workers were buried alive at the central African Sudan-Libya-Chad "triangle" last month after a mine collapsed.

According to reports, the horrific event coincided with local demonstrations  against the use by mining companies of poisons such as cyanide

A committee to resist mining damage  stopped the operations, awaiting a technical report and legal actions against the outfit held responsible.

70 Sudanese dead in gold mine collapse

Radio Dabanga

30 September 2019

More than 150 people – 70 of them believed to be Sudanese – have
reportedly died following a collapse at a gold mine in the Kori Bogodi
area Sudan-Libya-Chad triangle on Thursday [26th].

The Sudan Liberation Forces Alliance confirmed in a statement that more
than 70 young Sudanese are believed to have been killed in the disaster.

Protests against gold mining in Sudan’s Northern State have been suspended
following a week-long sit-in. The people of Sawarda suspended their sit-in
that had lasted about a week, protesting against international mining
companies for the use of poisonous substances such as cyanide.

Wael Hasan, spokesman for the Six-Party Committee for Resistance to Mining
Damage, told Radio Dabanga that they had suspended their protest on
Saturday because the company agreed to stop its operation in the area and
removed its movable equipment. Some immovable assets remain in the area.
He added that the committee is waiting for the technical report to assess
the damage; and will then start legal procedures against the company.

Radio Dabanga’s editorial independence means that we can continue to
provide factual updates about political developments to Sudanese and
international actors, educate people about how to avoid outbreaks of
infectious diseases, and provide a window to the world for those in all
corners of Sudan.

70 Sudanese among 150 dead at gold mine

By Lee-Ann


1 October 2019

Over 150 people fell victim to a collapse at a gold mine in the Kori Bogodi area on Thursday.

At least 70 Sudanese were killed in the incident.

The collapse happened after protests against gold mining in the country’s Northern State. The protesters acted against the use of poisonous substances by the mining companies.

According to Wael Hasan, the spokesman for the Six-Party Committee for Resistance to Mining Damage, the protesters and the companies managed to find the solution to the problem.

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