"We can not give you exactly the number of lives that are lost each day following the cessation of artisanal mining in the DRC and yet even if a child died or who is hungry or do not go to school because his father digger lacked money, this is a tragedy, it is a sad news that should challenge our humanity."
--Serge Mulumba, President of the CDMC, a mining cooperative that oversees and assists artisanal mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“There are always unintended consequences to such sweeping but necessary changes... . Most of us, if not all, could foresee that this would be both challenging and bumpy. We are too far down the road to go back.”
--Joanne Lebert, director of Partnership Africa Canada's Great Lakes Program