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Nigerian Gold Miners Seek the Right to Minei
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Heather Murdock
October 19, 2012 12:00 AM
There is literally gold in the ground under and around many villages in Zamfara State, in northern Nigeria. And since the price of gold has spiked, many local people have been digging without a license. Government officials blame their operations for a massive lead poisoning outbreak. But activists say punishing miners would make the health crisis worse. Heather Murdock has more.

Nigerian Gold Miners Seek the Right to Mine

Heather Murdock

Published October 18, 2012

There is literally gold in the ground under and around many villages in Zamfara State, in northern Nigeria. And since the price of gold has spiked, many local people have been digging without a license. Government officials blame their operations for a massive lead poisoning outbreak. But activists say punishing miners would make the health crisis worse. Heather Murdock has more.