Woman miner forced to close down operations as a result of threats on her life – 29th Apr 2013
Fears for her safety and that of her son has prompted miner, Simona Broomes, to take a good look at the situation. Broomes who is also the President of the Guyana Women Miners Organisation said in a recent media interview, that following the verbal and physical assaults she suffered while trying to free 4 girls from the Puruni area, she fears for her safety and has decided to stop the two operations. Broomes and other members of her organization had rescued the girls who are alleged to have been held against their will.
The decision by Broomes to pull out comes even as the sliding prices for the precious metal is causing concern among the gold-mining community. Speaking about the falling prices, she said miners will have to sit tight and ride the storm out.
Gold has tumbled several hundred dollars over the past few weeks, reaching a 30-year low of 1335 usd per ounce. Prices however, seem to be on the increase over the past few days, trading today at 1435 per ounce.