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Published: 02.02.2021
Activist Mariette Liefferink at a mining site near Johannesburg.
. Photo: Maanda Nwendamutswu..
Activist Mariette Liefferink at a mining site near Johannesburg.
Photo: Maanda Nwendamutswu.

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Intro
Mansa Moussa, King of Mali, wealthy from trading salt, gold, and slaves, went on hadj to Mekka. It was the year 1324. Traveling in style, he took 80 camels carrying two tons of gold and 500 servants with a bar of gold each. He took the zakat, the obligation to give to charity, quite seriously. Unfortunately for the places along his route, such as Cairo, he caused the gold price to plunge to such depths, that the region was left in a colossal economic depression.


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