0,04 grams

Gold is everywhere. In our smartphones, computers, TV’s. But at what price? In Uganda, the careless handling of electrical appliances has created an illegal market: the gold veins which run through Ugandan villages are like a blessing which has now become a curse. For about 0,04 grams, equivalent to one US Dollar, the youngest of them put their lives on the line. They are digging in backyards and insecure gold mines, up to a depth of 15 metres, hoping for a better future. A piece of The Wild West in East Africa. But instead of a great fortune, the gold is bringing alcohol into the villages, leaving a legacy of domestic violence and prostitution.

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