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PETI Brings Profit only to Entrepreneurs (bahasa Indonesia)


An aerial view of a mountain range in mist.

The rise of illegal gold mining activities in West Sumatra has become an environmental problem that...


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A resident was looking for gold in a way that in South Solok was known as Marobin. This is the location of the mine in Pamong Gadang that has been abandoned by gold prospectors. Image by Afrimen MN. Indonesia, 2022.

“Now looking for gold is no different from gambling. If you are lucky, you can get it. But if not, a week's work sabonci did not increase. Good luck."
That's what Arman (35), a resident of Nagari Abai, Sangir Batanghari District, Solok Regency said, who since last year left his job as a gold prospector. He has been managing (panning), carrying and financing heavy equipment in Pamong Gadang, Pamong Ketek and Kimbahan. He decided to stop looking for gold after a work accident that killed 8 people in May 2021 in Kimbahan because later the results were not as expected.

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Taxi drivers carry oil for heavy equipment working at the gold mine site in Kimbahan, Batanghari River District. Image by Afrimen MN. Indonesia, 2022.

A resident who works as a carrier of oil and necessities to the gold mine site in Pinti Kayu. Image by Afrimen MN. Indonesia, 2022.

The road to Kimbahan and Talantam, which is hollowed out like a rail for a motorcycle to pass. Image by Afrimen MN. Indonesia, 2022.

One of the illegal gold mines that are prone to work accidents. Image by Afrimen MN. Indonesia, 2022.



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