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Sudan’s Talodi demands closure of mining plants

September 26 - 2018 TALODI
Gold mining in Sudan (AFPalaraby)
Gold mining in Sudan (AFPalaraby)

Community leaders in Talodi in South Kordofan want the mining companies operating in the locality to be dismantled if they continue to ignore the safety measures.

On Monday, they handed a memorandum to the director of El Sunut Mining Company, requesting the company to comply with the safety measures and take the environmental conditions in consideration or to close its doors and leave the area.

“The presence of the mining plants have led to many diseases among the population in the locality,” one of the memorandum presenters told Radio Dabanga.

He said they would submit a similar memorandum to the Lanus Mining Company on Wednesday (today).

The community leader said that members of the Rapid Support Forces, Sudan’s main government militia, attempted to prevent the delegation from submitting the memorandum by firing shots in the air. “But we continued our march to the plant where we were able to hand the memorandum to the management of the company.”

Significant environmental law violations regularly occur in the oil-producing and mining areas in Sudan, an environmental expert told this station in 2016. People in northern Sudan complain about an increase in miscarriages and cancer cases caused by tradional gold mining in the region.

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