A man from Shanglin who has returned from Ghana, one of many who had gone to pursue the country’s gold.
The Chinese miners arrested in Ghana last week have been released by the Ghanian government, South China Morning Post reports.
The miners were arrested for overstaying their tourist visas to mine for gold in resource-rich Ghana. Their arrest was a part of a larger crackdown on illegal gold mining by Ghana’s government.
A group sent by the governments in Guangxi and Fujian helped to organize the miners’ release. Many group members came from Shanglin county in Guangxi.
Ghana – Africa’s second largest gold producer according to the New York Times — was seen as a place of opportunity by many of the Chinese miners who had left their own homes because of poverty.
However, this literally golden opportunity was not as good as it may have seemed. Many miners faced harassment and violence from local Ghanians, who resented the illegal Chinese miners for trying to profit from the gold.
“The soldiers broke my windows and came into my room,” said a miner’s wife to the Times, recounting a nighttime raid in a gold mining town. “They just yelled ‘Go! go! go!’ and ‘Fast! fast! fast!’ at me,” said the woman, who gave only her last name, Huang. “They even hit me.”
“Even if they paid me 50,000 yuan a month, I would not go there again,” said a villager surnamed Yang from who recently returned from Ghana to Xinhua.
[Image via Time Weekly]