Ghanaian blogger, Augustus Koranteng kyei, also known as Kobby Kyei, has recently uncovered the destructive effects of illegal mining on the Pra River. The river, which once served as a source of water for the community, has been severely affected by the pollution caused by illegal mining activities.
In a video report, Kobby Kyei spoke with a member of the community near the Pra River to learn about the devastating effects of illegal mining. The man stated that the natural process of water cleansing can take years, decades, or even centuries, and even with costly technological processes, it can take years to remove all of the harmful substances from the water.
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Illegal mining activities have also affected the livelihoods of the indigenes of the community, making life difficult for them. Students and homes find it difficult to access clean water for their daily activities, forcing them to resort to buying water.
The man explained that illegal mining, also known as galamsey, is the major cause of the river’s pollution, resulting in a change in its color. The pollution has also caused fishing activities to come to a halt, as mud has filled the river, making it difficult for aquatic life to survive.
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Kobby Kyei is now advocating for an end to galamsey and its harmful effects on the environment and the community. It is important to take responsibility for protecting our natural resources and ensuring sustainable practices to improve the livelihoods of those who depend on them.