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what is child mining?
What is child mining?
A child's possible job
This child is bringing up a bag of sand from the water to be sifted.
Another possible job
A child job is to usually sift the sand or gravel to find the diamonds. They also do many other jobs
One of few
One of the 5-6 diamonds found a day.
Where does this labor happen
What is a child's job?
Hamsi, an 11 year old boy.
Even though he is only 11 years old, Hamisi already has had a career as a miner. He dropped out of his third year of primary school and left his home village of Makumira in Tanzania after his father was unable to pay for his uniform and school fees. Although Hamisi's parents have their own half-acre coffee farm, their income fell sharply because of the decline in the market price for coffee throughout the world.
Hamisi had heard stories of people making money from mining and decided to try his luck. He asked his mother for a small amount of money to buy some socks and other items, but instead used this for the bus fare to Mererani, a town in northern Tanzania about 70 kilometres from his home. "I nearly suffocated inside the pits due to an inadequate supply of oxygen," he adds. At the mining sites and in the township children like Hamisi are called "nyokas", or "snake boys", because they crawl along the small tunnels underground just like snakes. The health of the snake boys is very poor, as they breathe in the harmful graphite dust found in the mines and they do not have enough to eat. Hamisi often worked up to 18 hours a day with only one meal of buns and boiled or cooked cassava." If he could find s gem stone he could make 24$-122$ but the was very rare.
They are one of many companies that don't use child labor for the dimonds they sell. Check out the companies customers information to read more.
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