Millions of people are risking their lives using mercury to separate gold from ore in the gold mining industry.
United Nations launched a campaign to stop the use of mercury in unofficial gold mining, but alternative machines are still too expensive for miners to obtain.
This is one of the issues to be discussed at the UN Environment Assembly being held in Kenya.
By Magdalene Mukami and Andrew Wasike
Joseph Muema has been showing up for his spray painting job for the past three years with the knowledge that his lifetime on earth shortens with each passing day, something he insists is for the sake of his family.
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Bangkok Post 19 September 2017 | Apinya Wipatayotin