GUYANA: Gold Mining: Mercury- The toxic metal in the shadow of the gold industry

Guyana Gold routes -click to enlarge

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This story has been published as part of “Mercury”, a project led by InfoAmazonia in partnership with Stabroek News and outlets from several countries, including TV Globo (Brazil) and Armando Info (Venezuela). The entire production was supported by the Rainforest Journalism Fund of the Pulitzer Center and the IUCN National Committee of The Netherlands. To learn more, please visit: https://mercurio.infoamazonia.org/en

By Bram Ebus and GI Sutherland

It’s late in Corriverton, a small village on the western bank of the Corentyne River, the waterway that separates Guyana from Suriname. But a few local boatmen, who shuttle people and contraband across the river, are still hanging around in front of the village brothel, drinking beers and smoking weed while chatting with the sex workers who’ve come out for the night. Most of the women are Venezuelan refugees who fled the crisis in their home country or were trafficked abroad.

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  • brandli62  On October 13, 2020 at 10:21 am

    This is an excellent piece of reporting and deserves all the attention of the Guyanese public. The use of mercury for gold mining is a ticking time bomb as it will pollute pristine rivers and accumulate in fish. Sooner or later the river fish will contain so much mercury that they are no longer fit for human consumption. At the point, the healthy hazards are no longer restrict to a few gold diggers but will affect the general population. Children are most vulnerable to elevated mercury levels.

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