Timon Koch


0,04 grams

Gold is everywhere. In our smartphones, computers, TV’s. But at what price? In Uganda, the careless handling of electrical appliances has created an illegal market: the gold veins which run through Ugandan villages are like a blessing which has now turned into a curse. For about 0,04 grams, equivalent to one US Dollar, even the youngest of them put their lives on the line. They are digging in backyards and insecure gold mines, up to a depth of 15 meters, hoping for a better future. A piece of The Wild West in East Africa. But instead of a great fortune, the gold is bringing alcohol into the villages, leaving a legacy of domestic violence and prostitution.