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Gold rush: the impact of gold mining on poor people in Obuasi in Ghana



While the price of gold dips from near-record levels on world markets, new ActionAid research highlights that poor people in Obuasi in Ghana are suffering huge social and environmental costs and alleged human rights abuses as a result of gold mining by a subsidiary of UK-listed mining giant Anglo American.

Investigations highlight how rivers and streams have been polluted with arsenic, iron, manganese and heavy metals from past gold mining activities by Anglo American’s subsidiary, AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) and its predecessor, Ashanti Goldfields Corporation (AGC).