Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Parent calls for interventions to stop children engaging in artisanal mining

By Kabula Mariba - Voices  of North Mara Youth

 One of the parents living in the villages near North Mara Gold Mine has said that it is high risk to allow children to engage in artisanal mining and appealed for immediate interventions.

“ Despite that life is difficult  on my side  I can’t  allow my children to go mining areas  looking , the consequences  are many including putting their lives in danger “, Ms Fatuma Kihori  told the Voices of North Mara Youth recently .

 She called for immediate interventions that will stop increased number of children see hunting gold sand instead of going to school.

“This is a concern and something should done to send end the problem”, Ms Fatuma, a peasant at Matongo village appeals.

A number of parents and local leaders interviewed cited poverty as the major source forcing dozens of  children seen  engaging  in artisanal and Small-scale mining(ASM) in the villages .

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