Mt. Brabu. From the road that leads to a well-known surfing spot, the illegal gold mine can be recognized by the blue patches, which stand out clearly from the brown environment. Here is mined with the most primitive means for gold. Barefoot and with the smallest lamps, the workers go into the mines that are accessible through a hole in the ground, several meters below the ground. Supported by bamboo poles, they hardly have tools.
Yusuf has also worked here for several years as the boss of a mining hole. He is hired by the landowner and delivers dirt every day, hopefully containing gold. He used to work in a hotel, but his wife did not want that anymore as he was too close to western girls. With the approximately 30 bags of dirt he delivers per day, he earns $ 200 a month. He was able to build a house and feed his family.
But the work carries many dangers. The mercury vapor destroys the workers' lungs and flows unhindered into the sea. In the bay below the mine it is no longer save to surf or swim. Again and again workers injured themselves by falling stones, sometimes even leading to death. The physically unbelievably strenuous work hurts the body. The long hours in the dark reduce sight.