A Gold Mining Boom is Killing the Children of Nigeria

It is a pattern seen in various parts of the world: children being sickened from exposure to the lead used to extract gold. But the scale of the problem in Nigeria’s gold-mining region of Zamfara is unprecedented: more than 400 children have died and thousands more have been severely poisoned by exposure to lead dust. READ MORE

 

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The source of the lead poisoning epidemic was associated with artisinal gold mining and processing in Zamfara. (Photo courtesy of TerraGraphics Environmental Engineering)

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