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MARIKANA, South Africa — Nomfanelo Jali stirs porridge she hopes will quell her children’s chronic hunger. Food has been scarce since her husband joined 80,000 workers on strike with South Africa’s main mineworker’s union, AMCU.

"It’s very difficult," Jali said. "None of us has got food."

The strike, now four months long, is the longest — and costliest — in the nation’s history. 

Meet the hungry workers who have shut down production of nearly half the world’s platinum

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