Gold digging in Ghana
A gold buyer is burning off the mercury used to extract the gold from the muddy water. He will then weigh the gold and pay around $28/gr. The mines in the small community near Bolgatange in Northern Ghana are dug with shovels and spades and held up by timber, all very precarious. The mine shafts go deep into the ground and run along under the surrounding fields. The small community which has sprung up around the gold finds consists of poor people from all over Northern Ghana,most of them now stuck, not making much money and in dept to their gold dealers.