The Gold Mines of Burkina Faso

Collection with 11 media items created by Dennis & Patrick Weinert

Burkina Faso 24 Mar 2014 00:00

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.

Gold Mine Mining Burkina Faso West Africa Child Labour

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Burkina Faso Gold Mines 07
Yako
By Dennis & Patrick Weinert
22 Mar 2014

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

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Burkina Faso Gold Mines 01
Yako
By Dennis & Patrick Weinert
22 Mar 2014

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

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Burkina Faso Gold Mines 09
Yako
By Dennis & Patrick Weinert
23 Mar 2014

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

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Burkina Faso Gold Mines 06
Yako
By Dennis & Patrick Weinert
22 Mar 2014

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

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Burkina Faso Gold Mines 08
Yako
By Dennis & Patrick Weinert
24 Mar 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.

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Burkina Faso Gold Mines 05
Yako
By Dennis & Patrick Weinert
22 Mar 2014

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

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Burkina Faso Gold Mines 04
Yako
By Dennis & Patrick Weinert
22 Mar 2014

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

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Burkina Faso Gold Mines 03
Yako
By Dennis & Patrick Weinert
22 Mar 2014

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

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Burkina Faso Gold Mines 02
Yako
By Dennis & Patrick Weinert
24 Mar 2014

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

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Burkina Faso Gold Mines 11
Yako
By Dennis & Patrick Weinert
22 Mar 2014

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