Photo of the Week: Mining in Mali

Two adolescents search for gold at the Kekoro mining site. Large-scale mining projects account for much of Mali’s gold production, but the gold sector also remains dependent on small-scale, labour-intensive, low-wage mining.

In the largely unregulated work, many children labour alongside their parents to help support their families. Children complain of back problems caused by the strenuous work and of difficulty seeing or breathing because of exposure to dust.

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