The Gold Mines of Burkina Faso

The Gold Mines of Burkina Faso


This photo essay gives an insight into Burkina Faso’s growing gold industry and depicts the humans that risk their lives extracting this precious metal.


A worker who just came out of a mine shaft in a goldmine at Bouda in Burkina Faso, March 2014

A young miner wears an improvised headlamp after coming out of a mine shaft near Bouda






Miners rest in the shadow in a gold mine near Bouda in Burkina Faso, March 2014

A group of workers takes a break under a tarp






A mine shaft in an artisanal gold mine at Bouda in Burkina Faso, March 2014

A steep and unsupported mine shaft with a depth of about ten meters






Children have to work in the artisanal gold mines at bouda to support their families, despite the fact that child labour is illegal in Burkina Faso. March 2014

Children have to work in the artisanal gold mines of Bouda in order to support their families, despite the fact that child labour is illegal in Burkina Faso






A group of women washes their clothes and also pans for gold in one of the goldmines near Bouda in Burkina Faso, March 2014

A group of women washes their clothes and also pans for gold






A miner squats in front of a generator used to pump water out of the mine shafts of an artisanal gold mine at Bouda in Burkina Faso, March 2014

A miner squats in front of a generator which is used to pump water out of the deeper mine shafts






A boy sells water in a gold mine near Bouda in Burkina Faso, March 2014

A boy sells little plastic bags containing water to the workers in the vicinity






A hut where the workers of an artisanal gold mine at Bouda, Burkina Faso spend their time in the shadow during the day.

A small hut that is used by the workers to stow away tools and clothes






A woman carries excavated soil from a mine shaft on her head. At the artisanal gold mines of Bouda, Burkina Faso, March 2014

A woman carries excavated soil from a mine shaft on her head






With the help of a generator the miners pump water out of a mine shaft. The women of the surrounding villages come by to collect the potable groundwater. Bouda, Burkina Faso, March 2014

The women of the surrounding villages come by to collect the potable groundwater as the miners switch on the pump






Miners pull out bags of soil out of a mine shaft in one of the artisanal gold mines near Bouda in Burkina Faso, March 2014

Miners pull out bags of soil out of one of the deeper shafts


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