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Zimbabwe: Amy and police accused of forcing youths to mine for diamonds in Marange, company denies allegations

‘Marange villagers complain of forced labour’ 24 October 2019

MARANGE villagers have alleged that they are being forced by military personnel to work in the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) diamond fields, a month after the United States raised a red flag on the country and banned the trading of rough diamonds mined in the area. The US barred the trading of rough diamonds from Zimbabwe last month, accusing the country of using forced labour at its diamond fields in Marange.

…“The soldiers and police come in the community looking for youths and illegal miners and take them to the fields to work after promising them that they would share the loot. After working for some hours, they are then ordered to leave the fields. On exiting the fields, security guards would confiscate all the ores and subsequently arrest them,” Mukwada said. “Those arrested are then taken to a military base where they are forced to wash the soldiers’ uniforms, fetch firewood and cook for them for a week or so.” Mukwada said they have witnessed the abuse of youth and illegal miners on several occasions. He also alleged that ZCDC security guards always shoot towards the community to deter villagers from entering the fields.

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