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 .