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Monday, September 26, 2016
Gold chain sends message to jewellery retailers
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¬†Five hundred campaigners came together in Westminster on Saturday to launch CAFOD's new campaign, Unearth Justice which is exposing the dirty truth behind gold jewellery sourced from countries such as Honduras and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where local communities are exploited by international mining companies. Pedro Landa, from CAFOD partner Caritas Tegucigalpa in Honduras, told the crowd about villagers in Honduras who have been forcibly removed from their land to make way for a gold mine. "Honduras is at the heart of Central America. This heart has been wounded by many companies that are seeking to enrich themselves," he said. Campaigners joined forces to create a giant gold chain to send a message to mining companies and high-street jewellers that they want to see an end to dirty gold. CAFOD is calling on people to lobby jewellery retailers, such as Argos, to sign up to twelve Golden Rules to ensure that their gold is ethically sourced. Helen Wolfson and Father Alfred Buju urge CAFOD supporters to take action with Unearth Justice. Helen Wolfson, Head of Campaigns at CAFOD, said: "Everyone here today has made a pledge to go back to their parishes and schools and tell others what they have heard ≠ that gold mining is a real issue for poor communities.". Sixty-two-year-old David Murray said: "My only experience of buying gold was saving up to buy my wife a wedding ring. But I think we can really make a difference here. As a Catholic this is really turning my faith into action." Oslay, 14, from St Paul's Secondary School in West Sussex said: "We're going to take this back to our school and tell people about it. To hear about poverty first hand from someone who's actually experienced it is very inspiring." To read CAFOD's report on the gold business see: www.cafod.org.uk
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