Next time you bitch & moan that you have to work hard for a living spare a thought for others less fortunate... In the years after the Soviet Union’s collapse, Murat Duisheev, like hundreds of other men from Kyrgyzstan’s Naryn region, began panning for gold in local rivers. The work is physically taxing, seasonal, and dangerous, and Murat eventually decided to end his prospecting career and become a physical education teacher. But when he realized it took him a month at his new job to earn what he’d previously made in a day, he returned to the gold-hunting game. That was over two decades ago, and today, at 71 years old, Murat still makes regular trips to the river. Kyrgyzstani photographer Danil Usmanov was first introduced to the Naryn region’s gold prospectors in 2017 when he visited the area to document its informal mining sector. That same year, a local filmmaker released a short documentary about Murat, triggering a wave of visits from parachute reporters of whom he quickly tired. This spring, hoping to get a more in-depth look at Murat’s work, Danil returned to spend several days with the gold-panning former gym teacher, eating meals with Murat’s family and following him and his crew out to the river. Full story here https://meduza.io/en/feature/2023/11/03/going-for-gold Thanks to "mcjtom" from Thailand for sharing this on another forum.