14 Dec '11, 4am

6yo Children Mining Gold in Mali (Video) | Care2 Causes

6yo Children Mining Gold in Mali (Video) | Care2 Causes

Gold is being produced by thousands of children in Mali, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW). At least 20,000, some as young as six years old, are working in primitive, dangerous conditions. HRW is demanding that international donors and the Malian government take action. The children dig mining shafts, work underground, pull up heavy weights of ore and carry, crush and pan ore. They also work with mercury, which is particularly harmful to children. Those interviewed said they suffered regular pain in the back, head, neck, arms, or joints as well as coughing and respiratory disease. “I work at the mining site. I look after the other children and I carry minerals. It is hard,” Mamadou S., a child in Baroya estimated to be 6 years old, told HRW. “I work with mercury. You mix it in a cup and put it on the fire.” Most work alongside their parents, but others ...

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