Didier Asumani, center, was 13 when he was captured by the FDLR, a vicious militia in eastern Congo. Now 17, he works at a welding shop. “Things happen that you can’t control,” he said. “All you can do is pray to God.”Photos by Larry C. Price A girl forced into sex slavery becomes a young
Richard C. Paddock
Richard C. Paddock is a contributing editor at The Center for Investigative Reporting, focusing on international issues and the environment. Before coming to CIR, he worked at the Los Angeles Times for more than 30 years, covering local, state and global issues. During a decade as a foreign correspondent, Richard served as bureau chief in Moscow and Jakarta, Indonesia, and reported from nearly 50 countries. He wrote on subjects including the killing of Iraqi civilians by U.S. forces, the brutality of Burma’s military dictatorship, the slaughter of endangered sea turtles in Bali and a resurgence of killing by headhunters in Borneo. He also worked as a San Francisco correspondent covering Northern California and as a Sacramento correspondent reporting on state government. Richard shared in the Pulitzer Prize awarded to the LA Times for coverage of the Los Angeles riots and an Overseas Press Club award for business coverage. A native of California, he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Santa Barbara. He also studied politics at the University of Sussex in Great Britain and Russian language at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Jonathon Ramorez, 12, uses a wide wooden pan to separate gold from sediment in the Philippines’ Mambulao Bay. A plastic bag holds a small lump of mercury and gold, the product of the mining crew’s work for the day. Larry C. Price SANTA MILAGROSA, Philippines – Brian Mullaton is 13 years old and makes his living
SANTA BARBARA, Philippines – Romnick Bocejo picked up his blowtorch and blasted a small lump of mercury and gold. A cloud of toxic fumes rose around his head as the intense heat vaporized the mercury. He covered his mouth and nose with his T-shirt and kept on burning. At 16, Romnick has worked half his
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