Men from all over the country flock to Kachin’s jade mines in the Himalayan foothills to dig for that single stone that will make them a fortune. But far from benefiting the country, the jade deposits are driving deadly conflicts.
Residents were shocked after two large pieces of metal dropped from the sky in a jade mine in Kachin state. Authorities are looking into the matter.
NGO Global Witness says jade worth $30bn dollars were mined in Myanmar in 2014. But they're mainly owned by the country's generals along with Chinese businesses
Myanmar's shift to a democratic government, and the lifting of sanctions, have opened the door to lucrative new markets for jade traders. Trade of the precious stone remains hindered by corruption and low prices.
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