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Searching for gold in Indonesia's hills

Last updated on: May 1, 2012 15:28 IST

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Indonesia is the fourth largest country in the world by population. Around 1.1 million people are employed in Indonesia's formal mining sector, according to the national statistic bureau. This figure does not include illegal miners.

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Image: A local gold trader shows a piece of gold after he purchased it from a gold miner at the mine site in Poboya in Indonesia, Central Sulawesi province.
Photographs: Yusuf Ahmad/Reuters.
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A miner breaks stones containing gold in Poboya in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.

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Photographs: Yusuf Ahmad/Reuters.

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A miner, Halim, 35, (R) and his team take a break at the site of Poboya gold mining area in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.

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Photographs: Yusuf Ahmad/Reuters.

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Miners dig at the ground to find stones containing gold material at the site of Poboya gold mining area in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.

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Photographs: Yusuf Ahmad/Reuters.

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Halim, 35, and other miners stand on the stones containing gold materials at the site of Poboya gold mining area in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province April 19, 2012.

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A miner, Halim, 35, tries to break stones containing gold materials in a tunnel at the site of Poboya gold mining area in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.

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Miners mine for gold inside a tunnel in an illegal gold mine in Poboya in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.

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A miner breaks stones containing gold material at the site of Poboya gold mining area in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.

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Photographs: Yusuf Ahmad/Reuters.

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An aerial view of the foothills of Mosomba Mountain at Poboya village is seen ,where approximately ten thousand gold miners work illegally, in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.

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A miner takes a bath in the river at the site of Poboya gold mining area in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.

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A miner Rahmat Halim (L) and his colleagues wait for transportation to send the sacks of stone material containing gold to be processed 15 km away from the site of Poboya gold mining area at the Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province. 

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A manual gold smelting process is seen in Poboya in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.

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Miners use fire to break a stone containing gold in Poboya in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.

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A local gold trader shows two pieces of gold weighing 500 grams (1.1 pounds) after he purchased them from gold miners in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.

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Miners take a bath in the river at the site of Poboya gold mining area in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.

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A miner eats noodles for his lunch in a makeshift tent at the site of Poboya gold mining area in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.

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Damage caused by illegal mining is seen on a hillside in Poboya in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.

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A miner uses a bamboo stick to remove stones containing gold material from the hillside at the site of Poboya gold mining area in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.

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A miner carries a sack of stones containing gold material at the site of Poboya gold mining area in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.

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Miners remove sacks of stones containing gold material from a tunnel at the site of Poboya gold mining area in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.

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A miner carries a sack of stones containing gold material at the site of Poboya gold mining area in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.

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Sacks of stones containing gold are seen before being transported to a smelting plant near the site of Poboya mining area in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.

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Miners take a break in their makeshift tent at the site of Poboya gold mining area at the Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.

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