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    Nyakarungu JF-Expert Member

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    HABARI ZENU WANAJAMII!!!!!!!!!?

    Nafahamu nyote mwajua tukio la Tarime, la wananchi kuuwawa na jeshi la polisi huko migodini Nyamongo Wilayani Tarime,tarehe juma lililopita.

    Wafiwa wallitaka kujua undani wa mauaji ya ndugu zao, ili waweze kufuata njia za kisheria za kudai haki yao ya kisheria.

    Ililazimika uchunguzi wa kitaalam ufanyike ili ukweli ujulikane...
    Uchunguzi huu ulifanywa jana na mtaalam wa uchunguzi wa aina hii (Post Motum) ya kitaalam, Dr Makata kutoka wizara ya afya kitengo cha dharura matukio tata.
    Kwa upande wa wafiwa waliwakilishwa na Grayson Nyakarungu, aliyepewa imani na chama pia kuhakikisha ukweli ndio unaletwa hadharani.
    Pia jeshi la polisi na Hospitali ya wilaya ya Tarime walikuwa na wawakilishi wao.
    Tuliifanyia miili mnne kati ya mitano, ya watu walio uwawa, kwani mwili mmoja ulishazikwa kwa kuibiwa na polisi.

    IFUATAYO NI TAARIFA HALISI TULIYOTOKA NAYO BAADA YA UCHUNGUZI WA WETU, KWA KULINDA NA KUHESHIMU UADILIFU WA TAALUMA YETU YA KIAFYA.

    KIAPO NILICHOAPA HUKO CHUONI (MEDICAL ETHICS)
    1. Kile kinachoonekana katika vipimo/uchunguzi, ndicho kinachotakiwa kuwekwa wazi kwa muhusika.
    2. Sitakeuka wala kughiribu utu wa mtu kwa sababu zozote zile.

    Hizo ni chache tu kati ya Medical Ethics nyingi, ambazo niliapa kuzilinda na kuzisimamia.

    POST MORTEM ROOM
    Tulianza kazi hii saa 10:25 A.M hadi saa 16:57 P.M baada ya wafiwa kuitambua miili ya ndugu zao.

    1. Mwili wa Emmanueli Magige
    P.M No 1-5-11
    T.G.H
    Entrance site: Left illiac cleft (upande wa kushoto wa juu ya nyonga)
    Wound size: 0.5 cm diameter the wound was round.
    Exit site: Lumber region back (juu ya kiuno kidogo karibu na uti wa mgongo)
    Wound size: 2.5 cm diameter

    Positive findings;-
    -Blood vessels/Nerves and surrounding muscles were destroyed.
    -The clavicle bone was destroyed and blood clots was seen, ( mfupa mkuu wa kiuno na nyonga uliharibiwa na damu nyingi ilivuja na imeonekana imeganda humo)

    But beneath the exit site, there was a cut wound, 2.5 cm diameter.

    Lakini kulikuwa na alama ya jeraha kubwa linaloonyesha alama ya kuwa kitu chenye ncha kali kilichoma, na hii ilileta hisia tofauti, polisi walihisi kuwa aliangukia jiwe au kijiti kilichomchoma, kwa hili tulibishana na tukaamua hakuna jibu la nini kilichoma, ila mimi nilihisi na kusimamia kuwa alichomwa na singe ya bunduki, na ndipo niliomba nguo zake zitafutwe ili tuzichunguze na tubaini ukweli, hata hivyo hazikupatikana.

    2. Mwili wa Chacha Ngoka
    P.M No. 2-5-11
    T.G.H

    Entrance site: Right side of the body back 16 cm from illiac (usawa wa bega chini na juu ya kiuno, nyuma ya mwili.
    Wound size: 0.3 cm diameter
    Exit site: In 5th intercoastal muscle right side, 2cm from the nipple.
    Wound size: 5cm diameter

    Positive findings
    Major blood vessels were destroyed
    Midle and right lobe of liver were destroyed led to laceration
    In the Trachea, blood clot was seen.

    3. Mwili wa Chawali Boke.
    P.M No. 3-5-11.
    T.G. H

    Entrance site: Occipital bone 8cm from the Pinna, (Kisogoni sm 8 kutoka sikio la kushoto)
    Wound size: 0.2 cm diameter
    Exit site: In parietal bone ( kwenye paji la uso pembeni kidogo)
    Wound size: 5cm diameter

    Positive findings;-
    The brain and inner part of the head was destucted, blood clots was seen, this was due to blood aspiration.

    4. Mwili wa Mwikwabe Marwa Mwita
    P.M No. 4-5-11
    T.G.H
    Entrance site: Left illiac cleft (upande wa kushoto juu ya nyonga)
    Wound size: 3.5 cm diameter
    Exit site: It was not pass through, it remained intact.
    [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3][B]Wound size: [/B]None[/SIZE][/FONT][/FONT]

    [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Calibri][B][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]Positive findings;-[/COLOR][/SIZE][/B][/FONT][/FONT]
    [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]There was worse destruction of;-[/SIZE][/FONT][/FONT]
    [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]-Femoral artery [/SIZE][/FONT][/FONT]
    [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]-Femoral vein[/SIZE][/FONT][/FONT]
    [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]-Sorrounding muscles[/SIZE][/FONT][/FONT]
    [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]- Fructure of illiac bone ( mfupa wa nyonga na uzazi)[/SIZE][/FONT][/FONT]
    [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]- Piece of lead was seen lying deeply inpsoas muscle, surrounded by bone fragments[/SIZE][/FONT][/FONT]

    [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]Msimamo wangu kimaadili na na kibinadamu;-[/SIZE][/FONT][/FONT]

    [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]1. Polisi walikusudia kuua na sio kudhibiti watu waliowaita wavamizi, kwani kwa mjibu wa force law, hawakutakiwa kupiga risasi sehemu yoyote tofauti na miguuni.[/SIZE][/FONT][/FONT]
    [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]2. Polisi waliwapiga risasi watu waliokuwa wakikimbia kutoka eneo hilo, kwani risasi zote zimepenya kwa upande wa nyuma wa mwili na zikatokea upande wa mbele wa mwili.[/SIZE][/FONT][/FONT]

    [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]HIVYO wananchi hawa hawakupambana na polisi, bali walipigwa risasi wakiwa wanakimbia, ndio sababu ya risasi zote kuingia sehemu za nyuma za miili yao.[/SIZE][/FONT][/FONT]
    [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]Mungu watazame waja wako na uwalinde na yote aliyoyaandaa SHETANI. [/SIZE][/FONT][/FONT]

    [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Calibri][SIZE=4][COLOR=red][B]MUNGU AWALAZE PEMA PEPONI AMINA, NITAKUWA SHAHIDI MWEMA NA MSEMA UKWEI KWA KUUENZI UTU[/B][/COLOR]. [/SIZE][/FONT][/FONT]
     
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    asante.Umetumia taaluma yako kutetea unyonge wa mtanzania.nakutakia kila la heri na ni kwel serikal haina pa kujificha.MUNGU ALAZE PEMA ROHO ZA MAREHEM. Innailah lajun wa innalilah lajun
     
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    Katika pitapita zangu mitandaoni nilikutana na habari hii. Naona matukio ya sasa ni maendelezo ya miaka iliyopita.

    Date: Sat, 17 Jun 2006 04:49:28 -0700 (PDT)
    From: Tundu Lissu
    Subject: Six Villagers Killed in Barrick's North Mara Mine

    Folks, It's bad news again. Over two weeks ago, on June 1, security guards employed by Barrick Gold Corp. at the North Mara Gold Mine in Tarime District, Northern Tanzania shot dead a villager who was alleged to have illegaly entered the Mine complex. Kieva Yohanna was shot five times on the back at Nyangoto Village, home to the giant Mine. He died instantly. His death brings to six the number of villagers who have died violently at the hands of Barrick security operatives and/or riot police who guard the sprawling Mine since July 2005. Since April of this year, three villagers have been shot dead by company security alone. Even though the killers are well-known, not one of them has been arrested and prosecuted in courts of law.

    The killings represent a major shift in Barrick's strategy for dealing with teh troublesome locals who have always opposed the Mine. In the period after the forced evictions of the villagers in August 2001, hundreds of villagers, particularly community leaders and prominent locals were targeted for illegal arrests, criminal prosecutions and long term imprisonment. Numerous local leaders including the area's current Member of Parliament Chacha Zakayo Wangwe and elected Member of the Tarime District Council Augustino Nestory Sasi were harrassed this way, with the latter being sentenced to 30 year jail before we got him out on appeal to the High Court of Tanzania in December 2004.

    The strategy was intended to frighten other villagers by making an example of their leaders. Though still used regularly, that strategy never quite worked, particularly after we started to offer free legal representation to the villagers thus targeted. The company and its government backers appear to have decided on a major escalation of their punitive measures against the communities.

    Firstly, begining 2004, the company has been taking by force villagers' lands it requires for its mining operations. This is done by simply dumping millions of tons of waste rock and rubble onto village lands without even the pretense of seeking owners' consent or payment of compensation as required by law. The lands surrounding the Gokona Pit to the north of the Mine were taken over this. The Kihinda Clan and dozens of other landowners in the area have lost their lands in this way. Similarly, lands to the west and south-west of the Mine at Nyangoto Village have been taken over by simply dumping mountains of waste rock onto farmlands and residential areas thereby forcing the villagers off. All this is done with the active participation of the district and administration and police.

    Another strategy has been to release waste water from Barrick's tailings dam onto villagers' lands. This is happening at Matongo Village to the west of the Mine where hundreds of hectares of farmlands have been inundated with the cyanide-laced sludge from the tailings dam. We also know inside sources that the company has been releasing this cyanide-laced water onto the Thigithe River which empties onto the larger River Mara just to the south of the Mine.

    The third strategy is the use of lethal force and naked violence. This started in earnest in July of last year when two villagers were killed by by company security guards. Marwa Nyansinge was shot dead on the Nyabigena Primary School grounds on July 20 after he was alleged to have stolen petroleum oil from the company. Chacha Meng'anyi, Barrick's security guard alleged to have shot him dead was never arrested. The fatal shooting prompted an uprising of the villagers in which machines, vehicles and numerous other company properties were destroyed by angry villagers. In the wake of the protests, dozens of villagers were rounded up and many remain in Tarime Prison to this day.

    The latest fatal shooting was also committed by Chacha Meng'anyi. After he was killed, the victim's body was taken to Tarime Police Station about 40 km. away and later to the Tarime District Hospital for alleged post-mortem. It was returned the next day. The angry villagers refused to accept the body, taking it in a demonstration to the company housing complex where they were met by riot police wielding guns and tear gas. One person was shot and injured and over sixty were arrested and detained at the Tarime Police Station. Many have since been charged in court and released on bail after community leaders protested to the Regional Commissioner.

    The murderer, though, remains under police protection in Tarime Town. He has not been charged with any offence. The information we have has it that the police fear that charging him in court with murder would mean surrendering him to the jurisdiction of the courts and the prison department as murder is non-bailable. In the wake of the latest killings I personally visited the Mine area and held public protest meetings attended by thousands of villagers and their elected leaders. Later on Tuesday this week we organized a press conference in which we asked the Tanzanian president to intervene. Our Joint Statement released to the press is attached.

    We ask for your support to put an end to these killings of innocent civilians. We particularly request our Canadian partners and friends to draw public attention to these abuses and to help bring Barrick Gold Corporation to account for its actions. When we campaigned for Bulyanhulu in 2001-03 Barrick feigned innocence, claiming that the killings - which it never quite admitted - occured years before it took over at Bulyanhulu. This time around we await to see what this rich company will say as it is in full charge of the North MAra Mine, having taken over late last year after swallowing up Placer Dome. We are in the process of drafting a sign-on letter which we intend to circulate worldwide to press for our people's demands for rights and justice.

    Please get back to me if you have any questions.

    Best regards,

    Tundu A.M. Lissu
    Executive Director Lawyers' Environmental Action Team
    Mazingira House, Plot 428 Mazingira Street, Mikocheni B PO Box 12605 Dar es Salaam TANZANIA.
     
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    Speaker JF-Expert Member

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    Dah,inasikitisha sana!
    huu ni uonevu wa hali ya juu sana,..
    nyakarungu,what is the next step given that we know the truth?
     
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    PakaJimmy JF-Expert Member

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    Du!
    Mkuu, hongera kwa kuweka hadharani taarifa hii ya postmortem!
    Miaka hii ya teknolojia hatuhitaji ukiritimba wa kumsubiri mhusika hadi anywe chai, avae miwani, azungukezunguke makorido bila sababu, na hatimaye kuleta taarifa!
    Tunasubiri responce ya serikali kwa ripoti hii!...wasije sema cdm waliiba silaha na kuuwana!
     
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    RUMANYIKA JF-Expert Member

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    Duuu! Na hapo walete propaganda zao. Maana kila kitu kipo wazi.
     
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    Jumakidogo R I P

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    Mungu alimuumba binadamu akiwa na thamani kuliko kitu kingine chochote iwe kiumbe hai ama kwa vyovyote vile. Kwa mwandamu wa kawaida kujichukulia mamlaka na kupoteza maisha ya mwenzake huko ni kumtukana Mungu matusi makubwa. Binafsi nimesikitishwa sana sana na baadhi ya viongozi wetu tuliowaweka madarakani kwa kura zetu kutoguswa kabisa na mauaji ya kinyama yaliyotokea huko mkoani Mara. Watu wamepotezea uhai na kuacha familia zao zilizokuwa zikiwategemea, wameuawa kwa kupigwa risasi kwa makusudi na polisi halafu anaibuka mtu na kusema hiyo ni bahati mbaya. Tujiulize hapa! Hakuna asiyefahamu kuwa bunduki ni silaha ya hatari ambayo inaua papo kwa papo. Hivi unapomlenga mtu na silaha hiyo kisha ukaifyatu, hiyo ni bahati mbaya? Huu ni ukiukwaji mkubwa haki za binadamu, ni ukiukwaji mkubwa kuliko ule wa nchi ambazo hutekeleza adhabu ya kifo papo kwa papo. Raia asiyekuwa na silaha maalumu, raia mwenye jiwe anaweza kudhibitiwa na polisi kwa kutumia nguvu ndogo sana. Kilichotokea Mara kinafanya tupoteze imani kwa jeshi la polisi na utawala wetu pia. Ama polisi wakubali kuwa hawajui kazi, hawajui ni maana polisi jamii na usala wa raia. Polisi wetu wamekuwa wepesi sana kuwarushia watu risasi pasipo na sababu..jifunzeni mbinu mpya za kukabiliana na vurugu bila kutumia silaha. Mungu azilaze roho marehemu mahali pema peponi na awalaani wale wote waliowapiga risasi ndugu zetu hao.
     
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    safi sana
     
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    asante sana mkubwa kwa kutujuza.
     
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    Hapo kwenye Red SHETANI huyo ni JK na CCM. Asante sana kwa taarifa. MUNGU atawalipa sawa sawa na walivyowatendea wenzao.
     
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    wewe ndo man of action sio Eng MAYEYE anaweka TUmbo Mbele.
     
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    Apta Kayla JF-Expert Member

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    Its so sad!
     
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    Kazeni buti kututetea sisi wanyonge malipo yenu yako mbinguni. Hapa mungu alitoa shetani ibilisi serikali yetu imetwaa
     
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    Aisee inasikitisha sana, eeh Mungu wajalie watu wako.
     
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    Asante kwa taarifa mkuu, ni aibu kwa jeshi na askari polisi walioamua kuwaua kwa makusudi raia wanaopaswa kuwalinda. Bahati mbaya sana tumekuwa na kikundi cha askari wanaofurahia kubonyeza triga migongoni mwa raia
     
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    Speaker,
    kinachofuata nimetoa taarifa kwa vyombo vya habari na baada ya mwanasheria kuipitia, kitakachofuata ni kesi na mimi nitakuwa SHAHIDI.
     
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    [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Calibri][B]Kwa nukuu hii hapa chini umemaliza kila kitu:[/B]


    1. Polisi walikusudia kuua na sio kudhibiti watu waliowaita wavamizi, kwani kwa mjibu wa force law, hawakutakiwa kupiga risasi sehemu yoyote tofauti na miguuni.[/FONT][/FONT]

    [FONT=Calibri][FONT=Calibri]2. Polisi waliwapiga risasi watu waliokuwa wakikimbia kutoka eneo hilo, kwani risasi zote zimepenya kwa upande wa nyuma wa mwili na zikatokea upande wa mbele wa mwili.[/FONT][/FONT]
     
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    Ndugu Graysin,
    Tunashukuru Kwa taaarifa ya kina kuhusu mauaji ya huko Nyamongo.
     
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    Naam kila lenye mwanzo huwa na mwisho, risasi si mwafaka wa kusimamisha harakati...hakika zitaendelea. Hakuna hata la kuficha risasi zinatumika kuwanyamazisha wananachi kutafuta haki yao naam risasi zilizotengenezwa na binadamu, lakini naamini nguvu itokayo na fikra halisi za ukombozi hazitashidwa...Aluta.......!
     
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    Shooting Gold Diggers at [Barrick Gold] African Mine Seen Amid Record Prices – by Cam Simpson (Bloomberg Markets Magazine – April 2011) ยป Republic of Mining

    Shooting Gold Diggers at [Barrick Gold] African Mine Seen Amid Record Prices – by Cam Simpson (Bloomberg Markets Magazine – April 2011)
    posted in Africa Mining, Barrick Gold Corporation, Mining Sector Image |

    Bloomberg Markets magazine brings the inside view of professional investing with unparalleled access to the most influential people in global business and finance.

    Security guards and federal police have allegedly shot and killed people scavenging the waste rock at Barrick Gold's North Mara mine in Tanzania

    (Bloomberg) – Barrick Gold Corp.'s North Mara mine near the Tanzanian border with Kenya disgorges millions of pounds of waste rock each week, piled high around communities where almost half the people live on less than 33 cents a day.

    Children in school uniforms scurry across the rubble to reach their classes. Women with water pails atop their heads skirt past the heaps. The piles grow as the longest bull market for gold in at least 90 years pushes Barrick, the world's largest miner of the precious metal, to increase production.

    Villagers, too, are hunting the ore on the North Mara land that their ancestors worked for decades, sometimes paying with their lives.

    Security guards and federal police allegedly have shot and killed people scavenging the gold-laced rocks to sell for small amounts of cash, according to interviews with 28 people, including victims' relatives, witnesses, local officials and human-rights workers.

    "They are not arresting them or taking them to court," said Machage Bartholomew Machage, a member of the Tarime District Council, the highest local government body. "They are just shooting them."

    At least seven people have been killed in clashes with security forces at the mine in the past two years, according to the 28 people interviewed. In at least four cases, police acknowledged the shootings in contemporaneous press accounts.

    Killed and Wounded

    The dead include Mwita Werema, a father of four who was killed one day after gold set another record price in October 2009; Chacha Nyamakono, who was one year from becoming the first in his family to complete a basic education; and Daudi Nyagabure, shot in February, who was eager to build a future for his pregnant wife.

    Fifteen people were seriously wounded in the same period, according to the Legal and Human Rights Center, a human-rights group in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam, and Machage, who was the district council vice chairman until August.

    Toronto-based Barrick and African Barrick Gold Plc, which is 74 percent-owned by the Canadian miner, pay the Tanzanian government for federal police protection at the mine and employ private armed guards, according to company documents.

    The violence at North Mara is a brutal dividend of gold prices that have risen almost threefold in the past five years to a record $1,431.25 on Dec. 7.

    In written responses to questions about the situation, African Barrick said it frequently faces groups of intruders, often armed, who illegally enter the North Mara mine with the intent of stealing valuable ore.

    Mine Trespassers

    It also said some thefts, vandalism and other incidents are the result of organized crime, in part stoked by transients in the border region with Kenya.

    People killed or injured after crossing into the mine area shouldn't be considered small-scale miners because they were all trespassing and therefore acting illegally, said Andrew Wray, head of investor relations for African Barrick, in a Dec. 21 written response to questions.

    "ABG categorically refutes any claim that any persons injured or killed were artisanal or small scale miners," he wrote.

    He declined to comment on specific cases, citing active or potential police investigations, except for one. He said allegations that mine security inflicted lethal injuries in that instance are "fundamentally untrue." They were the result of a fight between intruders over stolen ore, he wrote.

    Security Improves

    Security incidents at the mine have "significantly declined" during the past two years despite record gold prices, Wray said. The company declined to comment on the number of people killed or injured by security forces in the past two years.

    Barrick didn't respond to written questions about North Mara, instead directing them to African Barrick. The Canadian company raised 581 million pounds, the equivalent of $872 million at the time, from the March 19 initial public offering in London of African Barrick.

    Aloyce Tesha, a spokesman for Tanzania's Ministry of Energy and Minerals, which oversees mining, declined to comment when presented with a list of the alleged killings at the mine. In an e-mail, he said the issues involved criminal investigations and referred questions to the police. Calls to the Inspector General of Police and the office of Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete were not returned.

    "The villagers are human beings and so they would like to get the minerals, and the policemen do not want them to get to the minerals," Constantine Massawe, the commander of federal police forces at the mine and throughout the region, said in Swahili in a Nov. 11 telephone interview. "It's not easy. If you tell them to leave, it's not easy to get them to leave." He declined to comment further.

    Tensions Erupt

    During the reporting for this story, Tanzanian police arrested a photographer working for Bloomberg News on suspicion of trespassing at the mine site. He was jailed for a night and had his passport held for six days before he was freed without charges.

    Security at the mine, where there are four open pit deposits, escalated after a riot in December 2008, African Barrick has said. A group of people invaded one pit after it had been blasted for ore. They burned $7 million of equipment and cost the mine several days of production. Police shot and killed one trespasser, Wray said.

    Much about the killings since then is unknown, including their precise locations. In some areas popular with scavengers, few fences or signs mark where mine property ends and village life begins.

    Firing Into Crowds

    In several incidents, witnesses and contemporaneous press accounts quoting police indicated that officers fired into or over large crowds. In one killing, police told the government newspaper that shots were fired into the air after some miners tried to disarm officers.

    According to Barrick, in some instances deaths and injuries were inflicted by other trespassers, not by the police or security. Barrick said some incursions go deep into its mining areas.

    John McKay, a Canadian member of Parliament who sponsored legislation this year that sought to sanction mining companies for human-rights abuses abroad, said he wasn't familiar with the North Mara mine and he declined to single out specific

    operators. Still, he said the profits delivered by gold's high prices are causing a "moral blindness" at some companies.

    "It seems like the attitude is, ‘If we have to knock a few heads along the way, so be it,' because there is so much money to be made," he said. His proposal was defeated in Parliament on Oct. 27.

    The government of Guatemala is considering a suspension of operations of Vancouver-based Goldcorp Inc.'s Marlin mine after the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights alleged that the facility was contaminating water supplies. Jeff Wilhoit, Goldcorp's vice president of investor relations, said the complaints underlying the ICHR's petition, including alleged human-rights violations, were without merit.

    He also said the company was implementing recommendations from an independent human-rights assessment completed in June.

    The World Gold Council, the London-based mining trade group, helped boost the surge in investor demand now bringing record results to Barrick and other members. It started SPDR Gold Trust, the first exchange-traded product backed by bullion approved in the U.S. The 10 largest such funds held more than 2,113 metric tons of gold valued at about $94.2 billion as of Dec. 21, according to Bloomberg data. They allow investors from retirees to hedge funds to invest in gold.

    Land Once Theirs

    Mining firms are spending some of the money they're earning from record gold prices to boost production, exploration and development at North Mara and in other corners of the developing world. Those living near veins of gold are in turn trying to profit from ore in their communities.

    "There is awareness amongst communities about the fact that the gold price is so high, but that very little of the benefit from that seems to be coming back to them," said Keith Slack, the Washington-based head of Oxfam America's extractive industries program, which works on security and human-rights issues globally

    There are growing fears that the collision of these forces could yield a new wave of turmoil for years, Slack said.

    For the rest of this article, please go to the Bloomberg website: Shooting Gold Diggers at African Mine Seen Amid Record Prices - BusinessWeek

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