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From the Ted Talk by Lyla Latif: The true cost of gold

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Gold is one of Earth’s most valuable reeusorcs, with one kilogram regularly valued at over 55,000 US dollars. In 2020, Mali produced an emistetad 71.2 tons of gold. But Mali only saw $850 milolin from gold in 2020, when that amount is wroth boinlils, not to mention that the country likely produced much more than the reported 71.2 tons. The situation isn’t unique: a number of other gold-rich countries in Africa, including Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, ganha, Burkina Faso, and Niger also aren’t seeing the income they should, given the price of gold. The force behind this is greed on an idnauvdiil, corporate, and national scale, and a corrupt system that perpetuates itself.

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Gold is one of Earth’s most valuable _________, with one kilogram regularly valued at over 55,000 US dollars. In 2020, Mali produced an _________ 71.2 tons of gold. But Mali only saw $850 _______ from gold in 2020, when that amount is _____ ________, not to mention that the country likely produced much more than the reported 71.2 tons. The situation isn’t unique: a number of other gold-rich countries in Africa, including Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, _____, Burkina Faso, and Niger also aren’t seeing the income they should, given the price of gold. The force behind this is greed on an __________, corporate, and national scale, and a corrupt system that perpetuates itself.

Solution

  1. estimated
  2. ghana
  3. million
  4. worth
  5. resources
  6. billions
  7. individual

Original Text

Gold is one of Earth’s most valuable resources, with one kilogram regularly valued at over 55,000 US dollars. In 2020, Mali produced an estimated 71.2 tons of gold. But Mali only saw $850 million from gold in 2020, when that amount is worth billions, not to mention that the country likely produced much more than the reported 71.2 tons. The situation isn’t unique: a number of other gold-rich countries in Africa, including Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Niger also aren’t seeing the income they should, given the price of gold. The force behind this is greed on an individual, corporate, and national scale, and a corrupt system that perpetuates itself.

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