Award winning documentary on illegal mining premieres

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Trading Ghana?s Water for Gold, a very alarming documentary on the pollution resulting from small-scale alluvial mining in Ghana, premiered at the British Council in Accra on Wednesday.wpid-illegalmining.jpg

The documentary is the work of Edem Srem and Gifty Andoh Appiah, and won the award for Environmental and Sanitation Report of the year at the last Ghana Journalists? Association awards. It was chosen as the best entry of this year?s Accra Environmental Film Festival.

Edem Srem was also awarded the top prize out of 40 entries, at the first edition of the African Fact-Checking Awards, held last month in Nairobi, Kenya.

The 29-minute documentary delves into the activities and effects of illegal mining across six regions of the country, in communities such as Bempong Agya, Twifo Praso, Appiah Nkwanta, Bawdie, Kyekyewere, Diaso, Dunkwa-on-Offin and Kibi, which is touted as the ?galamsey headquarters?

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Mr. Sulemanu Konney, lamented about the damaging impact of small-scale alluvial mining in Ghana.

He said for some features that characterize the practice, it is not different from the drug trade. ?It is a scar on our conscience as a people? he said.

He disclosed that the Ghana Chamber of Mines has decided to include copies of the documentary as part of its routine packages to its stakeholders.

Mr. Mark Addo, Vice President (sustainability) at Endeavour Mining Corporation, added his voice to the galamsey problem and its effects on water bodies: ?This is not mining, this is total degradation.?

Edem Srem made the startling revelation that illegal alluvial mining is condoned by some chiefs. After being halted at one mining site and compelled by miners to seek the local chief?s permission to continue filming, the chief wanted the camera shots taken already, to be deleted!

?It is good to feel sad, but the more important thing is what we will do to change the situation?, Mr. Mark Addo said.

He added that about 34 per cent of Ghana?s mineral resources, particularly gold, is accounted for by illegal mining.

GNA

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