Locals rush in with shovels after mountain made of gold-rich ores found in DR Congo

Locals rush in with shovels after mountain made of gold-rich ores found in DR Congo

A gold rush drawing thousands to a village in Congo’s South Kivu province has driven authorities to ban mining there until more oversight is established, reported Reuters.

A video shared on social media by freelance journalist Ahmad Algohbary shows villagers crowding the mountain in Luhihi, which is located in Congo’s South Kivu province, following the discovery of the gold-rich area.

‘A video from the Republic of the Congo documents the biggest surprise for some villagers in this country, as an entire mountain filled with gold was discovered! They dig the soil inside the gold deposits and take them to their homes in order to wash the dirt& extract the gold.’ Algohbary wrote on Twitter while sharing the footage.

There was a rush of diggers that it put a lot of pressure on the small village, said Venant Burume Muhigirwa, South Kivu Mines Minister. Due to the massive influx, the authorities were forced to ban mining in the village.

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