The Hidden Face of Gold
When: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara
Age limit: Not available
Categories: Special Events
When gold was discovered in the Congo at the turn of the 20th century, it should have been a blessing for the Congolese people who inhabit this mineral-rich country in the heart of Africa. But as one miner told us, "We are cursed because of our gold. All we do is suffer. There is no benefit to us."
Award winning photographer Marcus Bleasdale traveled with Human Rights Watch researcher Anneke Von Woudenberg into the heart of Congo's mines, where local warlords gain the profits while local populations suffer. Together with Arvind Ganesan, Human Rights Watch's expert on human rights and business, they seek to change practices that cause such terrible suffering to workers in extractive industries.
Also on the panel will be Benjamin Cohen, Professor of International Political Economy, UCSB; Michael W. Mulnix, President, Antioch University Santa Barbara; Victoria Riskin, Co-Chair, Human Rights Watch Southern California.
RSVP by Sept 14th to Hava Manesse at email@example.com, or call 284-4232.
Event posted Sept. 5, 2007
Last updated Jan. 11, 2010