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Niger's illegal mining gold rush

The world's insatiable thirst for gold is driving more and more of West Africa's poorest workers underground to seek their fortunes.

The abandoned Komabangou mine in Niger is the sight of a growing illegal gold rush, but as the BBC's Bilkisu Labaran reports, the work is always dangerous and - more often than not - fruitless.

  • 26 Jun 2011
  • From the section Africa
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