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A Toxics-Free Future

Informal gold miners in Kenya at risk of mercury poisoning

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=8&v=Y55OPHSEdWE

For tens of thousands of people in Western Kenya, gold mining is a way of making a living.

On informal mines across the region, women use mercury to bring out the gold. But a recent study conducted by a network of international charities has found that the chemical could be slowly killing them - and affecting the wider community.

CGTN's Oliver Jarvis visited a number of mines to investigate the damage that mercury is doing to the lives of those who come into contact with it.