Mozambique: The Price of Gold by Robin Hammond (45 images)

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Pouring a thimble-sized trickle of toxic mercury into a plastic bowl, a 13-year-old boy named Banga uses his bare hands to mix the darting liquid with congealed mud and whispers a prayer that slivers of gold will appear. In his flaking, discoloured palms the mercury looks harmless, but according to the WHO it attacks the nervous system and can cause brain damage.

Behind Banga, a long row of Zimbabwean children stand waist-deep in misery, retching as they reach into a foul...
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