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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In addition to exposure from rock grinding — in which lead-laden rocks are pulverized to extract gold, often done with flour mills and mortars and pestles — children are exposed to lead dust that relatives bring home from the mines on their clothes and bodies. (Photo courtesy of Terragraphics Environmental Engineering)

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