The Hidden Face of Gold/The Democratic Republic of Congo

The Museum of Tolerance and Human Rights Watch present:

Photographs by Marcus Bleasdale

Photographs capturing the human rights abuses linked to gold extraction in the Democratic Republic of Congo by photographer Marcus Bleasdale is on display at the Museum of Tolerance.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most mineral-rich nations in the world. Its resources should be a blessing for the Congolese people, but instead the competition for control of these riches has fueled a bloody war in which nearly four million people have died since 1998. Working in the gold mines is backbreaking and treacherous. Local warlords and their business allies reap the benefits from trade in tainted gold. They illegally smuggle millions of dollars of gold out of Congo to neighboring Uganda, and then or to global gold markets in Europe and North America, where gold in bought by multinational companies.


Over the course of Marcus Bleasdales’s career, his work has been at the forefront of promoting social justice through photo journalism. Bleasdale partnered with Human Rights Watch to expose and document the illegal gold smuggling from Congo’s mines. He spent eight years exposing the brutal conflict. He has also covered conflicts in Nepal, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda. Bleasdale received numerous awards acclaiming his work, including the 2004 UNICEF Photographer of the Year Award, the 2006 Oversees Press Club Olivier Rebbot Award and the 2006 World Photo Press Award for Daily Life Singles. His photographs have appeared in The Sunday Times magazine, The Telegraph Magazine, The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek and National Geographic.

Entrance to this special exhibition is included with your Museum of Tolerance Admission. Museum of Tolerance members are admitted without charge!

Group Tours available. Call (310)772-2452.

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