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Digging for truth in Liberia's mines

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Liberia is a country rich in natural resources - iron ore, gold and diamonds - but years of civil war mean many of the country's mines lay idle.

Now, international mining companies are returning. The first to do so - the steel company Arcelor Mittal - reopened the largest iron ore mine at Yekepa in the Nimba mountains a few years ago.

When it recently started exporting iron ore for the first time, it produced a glossy book proclaiming that it was "committed to an investment to rebuild the country's social and community infrastructure for the long term".

Sarah Montague investigates whether the promise of newfound wealth is bearing fruit.


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