An artisanal miner climbs out of a gold mine with a bag of rocks broken off from inside the mining pit at the unlicensed mining site of Nsuaem Top in Ghana. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Billions of dollars' worth of gold is being smuggled out of Africa every year through the United Arab Emirates -- a gateway to markets in Europe, the U.S. and beyond -- a Reuters analysis has found. Customs data shows that the UAE imported $15.1 billion worth of gold from Africa in 2016, more than any other country and up from $1.3 billion in 2006 .In addition, the UAE imported much more gold from most of the other 21 countries than those countries said they had exported.From 2006 to 2016, the share of African gold in UAE's reported gold imports increased from 18 percent to nearly 50 percent, Comtrade data showed.
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