Haitians cautious over gold rush

Companies have invested millions to access the precious metal, but many locals are worried about their livelihoods.

    A gold rush is shaping up in Haiti. Billions of dollars of precious metals are thought to be buried in the hills.

    So far Canadian and American mining companies have invested more than $30m collecting samples, building roads and digging. Nearly 15 per cent of Haiti’s territory is now under licence to North American mining firms.

    While the gold rush is attracting the interest of international investors, locals in the country where 70 per cent of people are unemployed fear the companies' promises will not be upheld.

    Rachel Levin reports from Trou-du-Nord in northern Haiti.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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