Oct 3rd, 2012
By Jason Beaubien Across a swath of northern Nigeria, a humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding, as lead from illegal gold mines sickens thousands of children. More than 400 kids have died, and many more have been mentally stunted for life. Doctors Without Borders, which has set up clinics to treat the...
May 12th, 2012
press release Friday May 11, 2012 – Abuja, Nigeria — An International Conference to find solutions to the Zamfara lead poisoning crisis (1), of which Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), was the lead organiser concluded on Thursday. The conference delegates endorsed a clear action plan calling for N...
Feb 7th, 2012
Thousands of children in northwestern Nigeria are in urgent need of treatment for lead poisoning. New York-based Human Rights Watch says dozens of villages in northwestern Zamfara State remain contaminated, two years after the problems were first discovered. Left untreated, lead poisoning can be fata...
In Crime & Corruption
Mar 7th, 2011
Lead poisoning linked with illegal gold mining has killed a further 400 children in northern Nigeria since November, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Monday. The latest figures suggest the death toll from the crisis in the northern state of Zamfara is rising after the United Na...