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Chinese miners in Hwange National Park put Zimbabwe wildlife at risk
Conservationists are racing against time to prevent the government in Harare from allowing Chinese companies to start mining for coal in a pristine national park. Lawyers lodged an urgent application in the High Court yesterday to thwart exploratory drilling in Hwange National Park, which hosts one of Africa’s biggest populations of elephants. News that two mining concessions had been created in the country’s largest reserve emerged after an anti-poaching team checking on endangered rhinos found Chinese workers hunting for coal samples.
Africa just recorded the highest rate of modern-day enslavement in the world. Armed conflict, state-sponsored forced labor, and forced marriages were the main causes behind the estimated 9.2 million Africans who live in servitude without the choice to do so, according to the 2018 Global Slavery Index. And despite these practices being widespread, slavery has remained a largely invisible issue, in part, because it disproportionately affects the most marginalized members of society, such as minorities, women, and children.