Congo DRC – Cost of Gold

Since 1998, DRC has been at the centre of a major African conflict. An estimated 4 million people have died with much of the fighting being over Congo’s vast natural resources.

The town of Mongbwalu in Eastern Congo is home to one of the world’s richest goldfields yet the people still live in extreme poverty. Working by hand in treacherous conditions, these miners have endured years of conflict but receive none of the vast profits the gold mines produce.

Gold mining companies are failing to consult local communities about their future plans which risks inflaming social tensions and causing further conflict. Photographed as part of Cafod’s Unearth Justice Campaign.

Pictures shot on assignment for Cafod as part of their Unearth Justice campaign.