The saying is “trade is better than aid for Africa”. This documentary explores exactly that. The journey goes through copper thieves and coppers mine barons in the north of Zambia.
The country is one of the largest producers of copper. While none of its mines make the top 10, Zambia has several of the top 20 mines in the world. The biggest mine in Zambia is the Sentinel mine, which produces more than 300 000 tons of copper per year. It is one of the most advanced open-pit copper mines in the world.
When you look at mines from distance, men look like ants. There are hundreds of men digging holes in the rubble slopes of an old copper mines. They look for copper ore in the walls of the enormous put.