Scavenging for gold in Guatemala

Dangerous conditions no deterrent to hunt for precious metal whose price has risen sharply amid a global economic slump.

    Many sectors of the global economy may be struggling in the recession, but precious metals remain a valuable commodity.

    Over the last 10 years, the price of gold has risen sharply, peaking at $1,921 an ounce in September and now hovering around $1,730 an ounce.

    In the first of a four-part series on how people are taking extreme measures to get their hands on precious metals, Al Jazeera takes a look at Guatemalans who are braving dangerous conditions to search for gold.

    David Mercer reports from Guatemala City, the capital.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Revival: The Muslim Response to the Crusades

    Revival: The Muslim Response to the Crusades

    This part of 'The Crusades: An Arab Perspective' explores the birth of the Muslim revival in the face of the Crusades.

    Is Mexico the most dangerous country on earth?

    Is Mexico the most dangerous country on earth?

    Or does it just suffer from the misfortune of being a neighbour of the US?

    Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

    Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth

    It's time to change the way we talk and think about Africa.