In Mali, information has been revealed about using child labor in gold mines. It has been questioned in public by the government, and rebuts these accusations, although there is evidence of else ways.
Human Rights Watch stated that it “conducted field research in artisinal gold mines in Kéniéba and Kolondiéba circles in 2011 and interviewed more than 150 people for its report.” in a recent article. The report stated, “Children between the ages of 6 and 17 told the organization how they dug pits, worked underground in unstable mines, carried and crushed heavy ore, and used toxic mercury to extract gold. Such work is hazardous and prohibited under international and Malian law.”
The indicated data was denied by the Malian government, when the public tackled the evidence. However, in 2011 the problem of child mining labor was recognized by the Malian government. Child labor is an issue in any numbers, specifically in an industry with very dangerous working environment.
Politically talking, the Malian government has to acknowledge that public requests can’t be disregarded. They have to make the required investigations and must uncover these charges. Then take the steps for ending child mining labor.
The same thing is going on in Africa across Burkina Faso, Niger, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo and other African countries. Children usually come from villages around the site and of course get employed by minimum wage and I mean “minimum wage”. The children under 18 that work are around 300,000 to 600,000 child, that around 70% of children around these countries.
In Asia across Mongolia and Philippines, child labor is about 20% of all children in Mongolia and 30% in Philippines. While in Latin America, at Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru, maybe in a small scale compared to others, but still its child labor, around 65,000 of children in gold mining industry.
This Child Labor crisis has to stop, we can’t just watch it going on and on and nobody is taking care of it!!!!!