Liptako's illegal gold-mining sites closed

"Liptako's illegal gold-mining sites (in south-west Niger) are closed from 15 July 2017; Consequently, gold diggers who risk their lives every day in precarious shafts are obliged to cease all exploitation activities and to evacuate extraction sites, "the Ministry of Mines said in a statement read Tuesday on state radio.

According to local sources contacted by AFP, no fewer than 20,000 people work at these sites."Liptako's illegal gold-mining sites (in south-west Niger) are closed from 15 July 2017; Consequently, gold diggers who risk their lives every day in precarious shafts are obliged to cease all exploitation activities and to evacuate extraction sites, "the Ministry of Mines said in a statement read Tuesday on state radio. According to local sources contacted by AFP, no fewer than 20,000 people work at these sites.