Category: "Africa"

Rare gems, cheap lives: Tanzanite’s disposable child miners

When it comes to mining Tanzanite, the sapphire-like precious stone that can only be found in a Tanzanian village called Merelani, the gem itself may be one of a kind, but those who mine it are quite dispensable.

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Light up: Malawi’s child laborers poisoned by export tobacco fields

Imagining today’s black African children, as young as five years old, sweating in fields to bring cheaper tobacco to the mouths of the world’s wealthier citizens is easily reminiscent of classic American slavery in the Old South. The corporations and the profits are bigger, but the presence of disease, sexual and physical abuse from supervisors, and the denial of wages remain the same.

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