Borneo Gold Miners: Hard Life for Gold

In a remote area called Galangan in Kalimantan, illegal small-scale gold minings have take place. There were thousands of workers digging the land in searching for gold in 1980s. Now the number has been decreased to hundreds. The location was a forest, but slowly converted to an empty landscape which can be imagined as a moonscape. People working on the mining site are threatened by the negative impacts of mercury. Rivers are polluted, carrying the mercury down to some bigger settlements and cities. And the welfare is stepping nowhere.  •  Tearsheets (2009, in colours)