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Meet Arzuma Tiando, a gold miner

Arzuma Tindano (28) leads an eight-member crew of miners at Djuga, an artisanal mine in north-eastern Burkina Faso. They all trust him. They believe in his strength and his judgment. His 'office' is a 20 meters deep, narrow, dangerous and claustrophobic pit. The air there is thick, hot and humid with constant dust atacking his longs. He is just about to go into his pit again to do his night shift after he finishes his cigarete. Working in the night is better, he says, because the air is a bit cooler.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Bani, Burkina Faso, Burkina Faso
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Copyright: © Matjaz Krivic
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Photo of the Day: 01.23.18
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