Half of the workforce of the artisanal mining sector is comprised of children. Without viable economic alternatives, most children must join their parents in rudimentary mining pits. Children as young as two years transport, wash, and crush minerals to earn half a dollar a day.

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The painstaking “artisanal” mining work is performed by hand using mallets and chisels in high temperatures or even pouring rain.