"Child Mining" Kolwezi by sebblit7

Kolwezi Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 19 photos

This is the place to come if you want to see child mining activity. The parents say they wish their kids could go to school but they need the money. The kids say they wish they could go to school but they need the money. The foreign businessmen that buy the ore say they wish the kids would go to school and they don't buy from kids and there's nothing they can do about it anyway.

State owned Gecamines closed down their operation here, so there's all this rusted mining equipment lying around and great big rusted steel buildings and things. Private artisans continue to extract ore for copper and cobalt. The kids can generally get about a 40Kg sack of good quality ore per day for which they earn about a dollar

  • Last visit to Kolwezi: Jul 2006
  • Intro Written Aug 4, 2006
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  • triplehelix's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2008 at 4:29 PM

    this bit of information is good to see! there's rarely any information about this country aside from goma and kinshasa. where you here on business?

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