Target: Grégoire Owona, Minister of Labour and Social Security in Cameroon
Goal: Bring an end to the deadly exploitation of children forced into labor in Cameroon’s lucrative gold mines.
Children as young as 7 are laboring in the gold mines of Cameroon. In some villages, as much as 90 percent of students leave school in order to pan for gold and venture into the deep mines. These children come from desperate circumstances and work to help their families, but the work is both difficult and dangerous.
Child labor is a serious problem in the African nation. More than half of children between the ages of 5 and 14 are working. The mining industry is one of the most popular sectors children work in, but is also considered among the worst forms of labor in the nation due to its risk of exposing children to serious and deadly health problems, like cancer.
These children are exploited. They earn low wages for a product that can bring in millions. These children should be protected and be given the chance to earn an education, something they can use to really better their lives and their family’s financial situations. Sign the petition and demand that Cameroon’s government enact stricter regulations on child labor and work to end this deadly practice.
Dear Secretary Owona,
In some villages of Cameroon, 90 percent of children leave school to work in the gold mines. Some of these children panning for gold and venturing deep into the mines are as young as 7 years old. This is a highly troubling discovery. Gold mining is among one of the nation’s worst and most dangerous forms of labor, exposing workers to deadly cancers and other diseases.
These children are being exploited as sources of inexpensive labor. They do the work for little money in an effort to sustain their families, while others reap the benefits of their toil. I ask that government of Cameroon, which has been making some strides toward improving child labor in the nation, work toward ending this dangerous and deadly practice of child gold mining.
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