Target: H.R. Ghezal Habib Yar Safi, Acting Minister of Mines in Afghanistan
Goal: Bring an end to deadly child labor in the dangerous coal mines of Afghanistan.
More than 1,000 underage children are working as miners in the more than 500 coal mines of Afghanistan’s Dara-e Suf region. Only four of these mines are licensed by the government, meaning hundreds have no regulations in terms of safety or pay.
Children as young as 12 are working in these dangerous mines and earning only six dollars a day. They face dangers such as suffocation and collapse, not to mention the serious health effects these working conditions may pose later in life, like black lung. Doctors in the area estimate that more than 200 people per day visit area hospitals with mine-related injuries and illnesses.
Although complaints have been forwarded to the government, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Mines has yet to act. How many children must die before the country takes the dangers of illegal mining and child labor seriously? Sign the petition and demand that the government begin enacting tougher regulations and penalties against child labor in these illegal mines.
Dear Mrs. Ghezal Habib Yar Safi,
Over 1,000 children are said to be working in the more than 500 illegal coal mines in Afghanistan’s Dra-e Suf region. These children are put at risk of injury and death from the horrible working conditions. They toil in the dark and dust with mines threatening to collapse on them at any second.
Complaints have been sent to the government hundreds of times. It is the Ministry of Mines’ job to put an end to these illegal mines. It is the government’s job to protect all of its citizens. I ask that you work with the rest of your nation’s government to enact laws and regulations banning child labor and shutting down these illegal mines.
[Your Name Here]
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