Sudanese miners risk health for gold

2016-12-29 11:00


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Khartoum, Sudan - Toxic chemicals used to extract gold from Sudan's mines are not only harming the health of miners, but also those who live nearby.

Mine workers in rural Sudan use mercury and cyanide to separate gold.

Mustafa Abdulgadir, a gold miner, is aware that mercury could kill him.

"I would have taken another job but this is the only one I've got," Abdulgadir told Al Jazeera. "While burning the gold, the smoke affects me. That’s why I use the scarf but still it affects me."

INTERACTIVE: Sudan's forsaken Blue Nile

Basheer Elkhazim, a local doctor in Ebeidiya, said that he diagnoses patients with poisoning daily. On average, he sees three mercury poisoning cases a day; three lead poisoning cases, and up to eight patients with chest infections.

Sudan cannot afford to halt or lower production of gold, since it would impact the already struggling economy. 

Officials said they are aware of the health hazards and are working on eliminating the use of mercury by 2020.

"We have approved a plan to get rid of mercury, and we signed the Myanmata agreement in Japan which aims to put an end to its use," said Ahmed al-Karory, the minister of minerals.

Read more on:    sudan  |  east africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


How to get rid of fleas

Before you call in the pricey exterminators, try this DIY approach that promises to get your flea problem under control.



12 Cool cat facts
Chocolate can be fatal for dogs
Spider-man star's adorable relationship with his dog
Do you know what you are feeding your dog?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.