Billions of dollars worth of gold are stolen and smuggled out of Sudan every year. The fact that Hemetti is very much involved in gold smuggling is not news to the Sudanese people.
Today, the Emirates’ economy largely relies on tourism and gold, which is mostly imported from African nations like Sudan. However, by illicit means.
Since 2006, the United Arab Emirates has imported unrefined gold worth billions of dollars from African states. Data reveals that Sudan exports $16bn of gold to the UAE each year.
UAE has long been accused of various illegal activities related to gold smuggling. It’s increased influence in various countries highlights its dominance as a hub of illegal trade of gold.
Billions of dollars worth of gold are stolen and smuggled out of Sudan every year. Money that rightfully belongs to the Sudanese people. Money that could have been used for health care and social welfare. But that now enriches a few greedy criminals.
The fact that Hemetti is very much involved in gold smuggling is not news to the Sudanese people. They have known about this for several years. It is also a fact that one of the reasons for al-Burhan’s military coup is precisely the very lucrative illegal gold export.
Sudans mines do not meet safety standards. Gold diggers work in very difficult and dangerous conditions. Not infrequently they risk their lives. Approximately over 250,000 artisanal miners work in the gold production.