Eritrea’s potash mining takes shape but questions remain

Two articles indicate the rapid progress towards the development of a vast potash mine in the Danakil desert. Both are below.

But the mine raises many questions:

  1. Have the local Afar people been displaced and supplies to their communities cut to allow access to the site?
  2. The deposit stretches across the border into Ethiopia. Has access to the Ethiopian side of the deposit been guaranteed?
  3. Are the rights of those working on the site ensured, or will they be “slaves” forced to work on the mine as National Service conscripts? According to the article below the mine will require 1,115 workers during the construction phase and 600 thereafter.

 

Potash A Game Changer For Eritrea

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