The case of the AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine in Ghana
The Iduapriem gold mine is owned by Anglo Gold Ashanti, the second largest gold mining company worldwide, based in South Africa. The World Bank owns part and has invested into the mine for more than ten years. The mine is located in the Wassa West District, Ghana, which has the highest concentration of gold mines in Africa. What the Iduapriem mine does to the local communities is to literally eat up their land and local infrastructure: farming gets increasingly impossible, water supplies become short or contaminated and children have dropped out of school because they cannot reach there anymore. Teberebie is a resettlement village of 700 inhabitants. They have already lost their traditional lands, now they are loosing the land they farm to a huge waste rock dump. In 2004, an agreement was reached to provide the farmers with new land. So far this commitment is on paper only.