Alluvial mining helps rural families


Bustin Anzu | PNG Loop

Mimingo Aaron left his Kapo village in Menyamya in Morobe Province almost 10 years ago with her family in search of a better life.

The roads were not reachable and the government services were hard to come.

But like other ordinary Papua New Guineans, they want a lifestyle that is enjoyable and easily accessible.

She and her husband Aaron decided to join their wantoks at Fine Top village, just near Bulolo town.

There, they fitted in well with their wantoks. The school was just down the road.

When one of her nine children is sick, she can quickly rush them to the Bulolo Hospital.

She can also travel to Lae city in the morning to buy her goodies and return home to Fine Top village the same day.

Money was easy to find through alluvial mining daily.

She said at first, she find it difficult to pan the dishes for gold dust. She learned the skills quickly and weeks later it was just another daily chore.

Two of her eldest children attend the nearby Fine Top Primary School. The others helped her with the gold penning.

Mimingo said she collects close to a K100 worth of gold dust daily.

“I collect close to K100 daily. I come back the next day and collect the same amount.

“I collect the whole grams and sell them to the local black market,” she said with a smile.

The happy hard working mother said the money is enough to feed her family and to provide for other basic needs like school fees for children, clothing, buy store foods and PMV fares to Lae city.

She said this is better for the family then staying at her Kapo village back at Menyamya where roads to basic government services is in accessible.

Mimingo said while she is busy penning the gold, her husband Aaron stays home and helps to look after their 12-months-old daughter.

After this interview with PNG Loop, Mimingo returned to the dirty Bulolo River to continue with her daily chore of penning for gold.

Husband Aaron said this is part of their life, which makes their life easier.

He said this is better than nothing if they were at their village in rural Menyamya.

Children in the area also take part in alluvial gold mining along the banks of Bulolo River.

Other villagers are also doing the same, penning the gold on this festive season.

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Filed under Financial returns, Human rights, Papua New Guinea

One response to “Alluvial mining helps rural families

  1. Rae Kataha

    And this is a better life? Who for? The report only addresses the money earnt by the woman. It is hard and takes her away from her family and the influence she could have on the children. I’m sure the husband will take care of the children, but the price of this is high. And the children working as well? Not much thought in the reporting here. I have seen all this type of activity in 3 provinces, and it ranges from dirty work and bad for the environment to downright deadly with mercury being involved, used inside the home and heated in cooking pots with the fumes being inhaled by all inside the home. This case was in Porgera. The villagers do not understand teh dangers of handling mercury.Stats of illnesses caused by this activity would be good to balance how it “Helps Rural People” please.

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