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A Child’s Workday in the Burkina Faso Gold Mine

Karim Sawadogo works in a small artisanal gold mine in Fofora, in southwest Burkina Faso. He’s unsure of his age, but thinks he is nine years old. Karim works 12-hour days in the mine, performing menial tasks with others his age. Through a translator, he describes his typical workday.