Heavy Legacy

The lead and zinc mine and smelter in Kabwe, Zambia, closed in 1994, but millions of tons of slag and tailings remain in a heap known as Black Mountain. Freelance photographer Larry Price documents adults and children who scavenge at the abandoned mine, looking for lead scraps to sell and crushing rock that can be sold as gravel.
The scavengers know they are exposed to toxic levels of lead.
“What can we do when there are no others at home to take care of the children?” one woman says. “How will we eat if we stay at home?”
Source: The Guardian via the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

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