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Photographer: Gwenn Dubourthoumieu
Grand Prize Winner
Organization: The Carter Center
Title: The Copper Eaters
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo

An employee of the Gecamines in the Leopold underground mine of Kipushi : in 2003, in this site, only 300 employees of an initial staff of 2500, kept their jobs. The monthly salary of a miner is about $200 US and payments have a delay of 45 months... Until the 1980s, the State owned company "Gécamines" employed 33 000 workers in the country. They are 12 000 today. 10 500 employees left during the "voluntary departures" plan implemented by the World Bank in 2003. Despite the decrease of staff, salaries are low and very irregularly paid.

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