I have to agree with Thor.
I’m from Guyana and it is really bad in the interior of Guyana. From
all the ‘services’ that the Brazilian ladies offer and all the
’medical’ issues that go with that… To down right killings just
to get to the source of the diamond crystals. Many uncuts then go
back to Brazil and are then labelled as Brazilian when their path is
less than clean.
For anyone thinking to go there to 'pick up a few uncuts…you may
well do fine in the country but on your way to the airport you may
loose your life because someone has been following you the whole
This is beyond the wild/savage west. People are sometimes literally
skinned…I’m sorry to present such an image.
As far as Gold and exploration. I am ashamed to say that a Canadian
Gold Co dumped tons of mercury into the river and it has affected
many lives…understatement…for decades. The shameful thing
was that the company paid enough people and never had to clean up or
compensate the Amerindians.
It really is important…as much as possible… to keep our
awareness and ethics up of the products that we do use to create our
Having said that…many lives have been improved by exports. We just
need to find a balance between source and consumption…while making
a reasonable living… Long fix…no easy way.