Mercury poisoning slowly killing gold miners in Western Kenya

For tens of thousands of people in Western Kenya, gold mining is a way of making a living. On informal mines across the region, women use mercury to bring out the gold.

But a recent study conducted by a network of international charities has found that the chemical could be slowly killing them – and affecting the wider community.

CGTN’s Oliver Jarvis visited a number of mines to investigate the damage that mercury is doing to the lives of those who come into contact with it.

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