Every so often old Toyota pickup trucks overloaded with miners are seen disappearing and reappearing from the middle of nowhere. They travel crushed like sardines in the back of the truck to the most remote parts of the Sahara, to dig with picks and shovels for twelve or fifteen hours a day under the abrasive sun. The miners go in search of new deposits of gold, but long gone are the days of prosperity, when any miner could simply stumble on glinting golden rocks while taking a walk in the sun.
Today, the miners have to dig deeper in extremely remote places and even then, this does not guarantee anything. From the ancient Egyptian civilization to the modern-day multinational mining companies from China, they have all come to take the gold from the Nubian Sahara, and of those
golden rocks, once easily found in a now distant past, only a few crumbs remain. And yet for many, this work is their only hope of making even a few dollars a week.
Following the separation of South Sudan from Sudan, the country has been left without its other gold, the black one, the one that has traditionally been its main source of wealth. Today, the gold is mostly exploited by Chinese and Turkish mining companies and the rest is left to be split between those who dare to venture out and attempt to dig out the remaining crumbs.
The government decrees that those who find gold are themselves the owners of the wealth. Delgo market is the meeting point of those who come seeking this illusion. Here, all the rocks brought from deep in the desert are processed to extract every crumb of possible gold.