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In Zimbabwe, An Aborted Quarry Shows Need for Community Consultation

File image of a security officer standing outside of a gold mine in Zimbabwe. Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP

By Deogracias Kalima

At the center of Mutare in eastern Zimbabwe rises Dangamvura Mountain. Dividing the city center from its southern suburbs and home to a cemetery for state heroes, it is a revered landmark traditionally considered sacred by local communities. The mountain is “the city’s identity,” says O’bren Nhachi, an environmentalist and native of Matare.

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