Freedom for Malian Child Miners

Hey Bros!!!We willing to run a campaign on Indiegogo to collect funds for our factual documentary “The Malian Child Miners” on April 10,2014. This documented is centered about to capturing their experiences, getting their experiences told. Our planned 90 minute documentary will show a true-to-life story that investigates the lives of these child miners. We will reveal how gold industry affects them and their communities by following the story of five child miners in particular—two boys and three girls.

When we hear the word “children,” our thoughts usually turn to the children we know – children who play in the sunshine with their friends, children who go to school, ride their bikes, play in playground sand and share meals with their families at the end of the day.

We do not think of children working underground in the darkness of gold mines for 12 hours a day or above the mine shafts in grueling heat. Yet tens of thousands of young children currently do that every day. And they often work next to their parents just to help make both ends meet. For many poor families with children, gold mining is the primary – and sometimes only – source of income.

20,000 children work in Malian artisanal gold mines in conditions that are both grueling and hazardous. These children mix mercury in with the ore they are mining, usually by hand, and then burn the mercury-gold amalgam, breathing in the toxic fumes. They may not know the hazards of mercury, but more often they realize the danger, but know no way to protect them from it. 
Let us fight to end this tragedy!

The mines in which these workers operate in are unsafe and poorly built meaning collapses can and do happen burying anyone unfortunate to be inside at the time. The workers can be paid as little as $4 a week and many of them receive no pay at all. In some cases the workers are given a sack of dirt and told their salary lies in whatever gold is to be found within, not only do they then have to carry out the dangerous procedure of extracting the ore but it is entirely possible that the dirt will yield them no profit whatsoever. On top of the human rights violations and deplorable working conditions these workers are being denied an education. They are forced to work long hours with miniscule pay and barely have enough to scrape by; it is all they can do to feed themselves never mind finding the time to get an education and attempt to create a better future.

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