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The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Albert R. Ramdin, has extended his condolences to the families of seven gold miners who were killed on Saturday evening in Suriname.
The victims, all Surinamese nationals between the ages of 18 and 50, were killed when the walls of a shaft suddenly collapsed in a mine, in an area known as “Gowtu Bergi” or Gold Mountain. Surinamese authorities are trying to determine if more people are buried beneath the sand.
Government and mining officials have acknowledged that the victims were all self-employed, and were not operating under official regulations at the time of the accident.
Secretary General Albert Ramdin, who hails from Suriname, has described the incident as tragic, and called for the enforcement of laws regulating mining operations. “We mourn for the loss of these sons of Suriname. It was a tragic accident that demonstrates the need for us to follow safety regulations, and the law itself. If we are to prevent incidents like this, we must enforce laws that are in place,” Ramdin said.
Suriname has since declared three days of national mourning.