Playing with Lead

25 years after a lead mine closed in Kabwe, Zambia, children are still playing in contaminated soil, according to a new Human Rights Watch report, which calls out the government’s insufficient response.
 
Opened under British colonial rule, the mine operated for 90 years from 1904-1994. Today, lead levels in surrounding townships eclipse international standards.
 
During crucial periods of their development, children play in heavily contaminated areas. In poor communities, the effects of contamination are exacerbated by undernourishment, which spurs lead absorption in the body, and the expense of water makes lead dust harder to manage.
 
Human Rights Watch via AllAfrica

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