'We Have to Be Worried’: The Impact of Lead Contamination on Children’s Rights in Kabwe, Zambia

Publisher:
Human Rights Watch [HRW] (Washington, DC)
Publication Date:
23 August 2019
Tags:
Zambia, Children and Youth, Health and Medicine, Human Rights, Mining

This 88-page report, 'We Have to Be Worried': The Impact of Lead Contamination on Children's Rights in Kabwe, Zambia, examines the effects of lead contamination in Kabwe, a provincial capital, on children's rights to health, a healthy environment, education, and play. Twenty-five years after the mine closed, children living in nearby townships continue to be exposed to high levels of toxic lead in soil and dust in their homes, backyards, schools, play areas, and other public spaces. The Zambian government's efforts to address the environmental and health consequences of the widespread lead contamination have not thus far been sufficient, and parents struggle to protect their children.


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