Black Ninjas of Mongolian Valleys

Black Ninjas of Mongolian Valleys

Numerous gold mining companies are changing the natural landscape of Mongolia. Hundreds of rivers and lakes are disappearing and Mongolia itself is slowly turning into a desert.

Apart from official mining companies from Russia, Japan, China (23 countries in general), the main problem is “black miners” who are also called “ninjas” due to their look: they carry metal basins behind their backs.

Black Ninjas of Mongolian Valleys

Chinese guest workers were the first to illegally mine gold but soon they were replaced by the Mongols themselves. On the photo above is a traditional Mongolian tent.

Black Ninjas of Mongolian Valleys

More than 100 thousand people in Mongolia illegally mine gold.

Black Ninjas of Mongolian Valleys

Mainly they are former herdsmen who sold all their cattle and started the illegal business.

Black Ninjas of Mongolian Valleys

Digging to the west from Ulan Bator

Black Ninjas of Mongolian Valleys

“Black miners” follow the official mining companies, dig in former industrial developments and manually wash gold.

Black Ninjas of Mongolian Valleys

Adults are into the real criminal business and children do not study at schools.

Black Ninjas of Mongolian Valleys

Black Ninjas of Mongolian Valleys

950 small rivers have already disappeared in Mongolia. For example one Chinese company made an incorrect project of a hydroplant and as a result their dam fully blocked the river: at the distance of hundreds kilometres the river dried up.

Black Ninjas of Mongolian Valleys

Standard working place of a “ninja”.

Black Ninjas of Mongolian Valleys

Children are now more frequently born with different pathologies. Gold mining companies apply toxis substances – mercury, potassium cyanide etc. Black miners work on such poisoned territories.

Black Ninjas of Mongolian Valleys

People often die from rockslides.

Black Ninjas of Mongolian Valleys

Those green basins they carry behind their backs.

Black Ninjas of Mongolian Valleys

Black Ninjas of Mongolian Valleys

Black Ninjas of Mongolian Valleys

In the valleys where gold can be extracted whole settlements have formed. Adults and their children creep along the rivers and dig the ground.

Black Ninjas of Mongolian Valleys

Such settlements even have their own infrastructures – trade, service (repair shop, hairdresser’s), entertainments which are often connected with alcohol.

Black Ninjas of Mongolian Valleys

Extracted gold is put in such separators together with mud.

Black Ninjas of Mongolian Valleys

In general such production is not easy.

Black Ninjas of Mongolian Valleys

Working table

Black Ninjas of Mongolian Valleys

Testing gold at a factory in the north from Ulan Bator.

Black Ninjas of Mongolian Valleys

Black miners are said to extract 5-6 tons of gold annually.

via loveopium.ru

5 thoughts on “Black Ninjas of Mongolian Valleys”

  1. china “makes an incorrect project of a hydro plant”???

    No, they don’t CARE. It’s not that it was incorrect, they knew what they’re doing.

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