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Artisanal  Miners sift through the  tailings in the shadow of  an abandoned processing  plant in Kanga, outside Mongbwalu, north-eastern DRC..The tailings are bits of stone and silt left over from the refinery process. This processing plant was  the central refinery for gold found in Ituri province. Even during  the war it was pushing out 10-20 kilos of gold per month. .The shell of the buildings and the waste left behind are all that remain the company fled during the war. Since being abandoned in 2001 anything that could be carried away and used elsewhere or sold as scrap has disappeared..