The African Biodiversity Network launched the documentary “The Mining Curse: Sacred Natural Sites Under Siege”
The documentary explains how generation after generation, communities in Africa have maintained and defended their Sacred Natural Sites as critical places within forests, mountains, rivers, and water springs, which are of cultural, ecological and spiritual importance. These Holy Sites have been protected by men and women since times unmemorable. However, the increasing search for economic profit is now also looting resources mostly where Sacred Natural Sites are, resulting in devastating and far-reaching consequences that threaten the lives of entire communities. Extractive industries, in particular mining, are one of the main drivers of this destruction, desecrating the forest, hills and riverbeds that are areas normally associated with Sacred Natural Sites. The film explores local struggles through the voices of the custodians of these Sites.
See full documentary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_risppl_Xas