Before It’s “GOLD”…..there’s “MUD”

A gold miner is seen mixing muddy soil at a gold mining pit in Bugiri 348km (216miles) east of Kampala, Uganda’s capital on February 5, 2013. The miners pound the excavated soils, dissolve it in water and mix the content with mercury to attract gold. It’s later heated to separate the gold. The gold is sold to local brokers who in turn market it to the international market.

A gold miner is seen extracting sandy soil from a gold mining pit in Bugiri 348km (216miles) east of Kampala, Uganda’s capital on February 5, 2013. The miners pound the excavated soils, dissolve it in water and mix the content with mercury to attract gold. It’s later heated to separate the gold. The gold is sold to local brokers who in turn market it to the international market.

03Gold miners are seen extracting sandy soil from a gold mining pit in Bugiri 348km (216miles) east of Kampala, Uganda’s capital on February 5, 2013. The miners pound the excavated soils, dissolve it in water and mix the content with mercury to attract gold. It’s later heated to separate the gold. The gold is sold to local brokers who in turn market it to the international market.

04A gold miner is seen sieving gold crystals from Muddy water in Bugiri 348km (216miles) east of Kampala, Uganda’s capital on February 5, 2013. The miners pound the excavated soils, dissolve it in water and mix the content with mercury to attract gold. It’s later heated to separate the gold. The gold is sold to local brokers who in turn market it to the international market.

Gold miners are seen sieving gold crystals from Muddy water in Bugiri 348km (216miles) east of Kampala, Uganda’s capital on February 5, 2013. The miners pound the excavated soils, dissolve it in water and mix the content with mercury to attract gold. It’s later heated to separate the gold. The gold is sold to local brokers who in turn market it to the international market.

A gold miner packs sandy soils inside a from a tunnel, about 60 feet below the ground at gold mining pit in Bugiri 348km (216miles) east of Kampala, Uganda’s capital on February 5, 2013. The miners pound the excavated soils, dissolve it in water and mix the content with mercury to attract gold. It’s later heated to separate the gold. The gold is sold to local brokers who in turn market it to the international market.

07A miner carries a sack of sandy soil on a bicycle to be ground and sieved for gold crystals in Bugiri 348km (216miles) east of Kampala, Uganda’s capital on February 5, 2013. The miners pound the excavated soils, dissolve it in water and mix the content with mercury to attract gold. It’s later heated to separate the gold. The gold is sold to local brokers who in turn market it to the international market.

08A gold miner displays a bottle of mercury which is used to attract gold crystals from the excavated sandy soils at a gold mining pit in Bugiri 348km (216miles) east of Kampala, Uganda’s capital on February 5, 2013. The miners pound the excavated soils, dissolve it in water and mix the content with mercury to attract gold. It’s later heated to separate the gold. The gold is sold to local brokers who in turn market it to the international market.

09A miner stands at the top of a gold mining pit. The gold pit sites scattered across the different villages of Bugiri from where sandy soils are extracted measure up to 60 feet down. When the soils are extracted, the miners pound the excavated soils, dissolve it in water and mix the content with mercury to attract gold. It’s later heated to separate the gold. The gold is sold to local brokers who in turn market it to the international market.

A gold miner displays gold pallets at a gold mining pit in Bugiri 348km (216miles) east of Kampala, Uganda’s capital on February 5, 2013. The miners pound the excavated soils, dissolve it in water and mix the content with mercury to attract gold. It’s later heated to separate the gold. The gold is sold to local brokers who in turn market it to the international market.

 

53 thoughts on “Before It’s “GOLD”…..there’s “MUD”

    • Curving out a living is not the easiest thing for these people. But the returns from the gold has given them a head start..Many of them have invested in land, bought houses among other things..

    • Harris, I could call it “lucky”. Not many of these people suffer from some of these chronicle diseases. Long term, most of them suffer from chest pains. Apart from that, they are very healthy people

  1. That last shot gave me goosebumps. These are really amazing Edward, great job. I have this skin allergy where the Dr told me if I want to wear jewelry, it has to be genuine gold. I gave up on jewelry, because duh, I can’t afford real gold. But looking at these pictures, it’s eerie the way we associate gold with luxury and decadence. I mean, wow.

    • Ishta,

      Sorry about your skin allergies, but maybe, we need to travel to Bugiri and you get your hands on genuine gold. U know, getting that last picture was a hassle. Thats how i was remind that “GOLD IS VALUABLE”. No one wanted to come out in the open to display their catch. I only go lucky when i bumped into this fella who also looked super scared.

      You can imagine, the location of these minds are some kilometers deep in the villages but the residents there told me, Business men from Kenya in Range Rovers, Land Rover, Tundras drive there to buy the gold….

      So its a big business! But exactly, we associate GOLD with luxury but when you look back at how we get there, you wont believe it…Find a day, we drive there and you see for yourself…Right?

    • Not so many people have an idea there is actually gold mining because it happens on a really small scale! The process of extracting the gold is what is the most amazing bit…Its a real hassle

    • Morgan, patience is one. And goodluck is another. People extract a lot of gold but are naive to display them! They are everyones hidden treasures. You never get to see them anyhow.

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