Child abuse exposed, many people died, children gambled their lives to make money: the bottom of the world, I dare not see

 Child abuse exposed, many people died, children gambled their lives to make money: the bottom of the world, I dare not see

The news was shocking.

Apple and Microsoft are the worlds top companies, how can they do such a dirty thing?

Its not easy.

The main material for lithium batteries is cobalt.

Cobalt is a rare and precious metal element.

Congo (DRC) is one of the important producing areas of cobalt. Supply 50% of global raw material demand.

Its just that the priceless cobalt ore has not brought prosperity and stability to the country.

On the contrary, this is the childrens purgatory.

Illegal use of child labor is rampant.

Congo is an extremely poor country.

63% live below the poverty line.

They followed their parents to the mine.

Adults dig.

The childs back.

Ore is everywhere.

A young girl sat among them, holding an iron hammer and pounding hard.

No gloves, no masks, no shoes. The whole person is unkempt.

The working environment is bad, some child laborers suffer from tuberculosis.

There are rashes.

Some are covered with spots.

Facing the reporters interview, a little boy named rich said:

I feel miserable every day because I know I will come back to mine the next day. My hands hurt. I work too hard.

Work hard, but the income is pitifully low.

The daily salary is $1-2.

Its about 10 yuan.

Can only maintain a childs food for a day.

Rich was unfortunate.

But this misfortune is too common in the Republic of Congo.

Because there are 40000 child laborers in richs province.

If you look at the whole country, the number can not be estimated.

After the new crown swept the world, the United Nations issued a statement:

Do you know how many child laborers are in the world?

152 million.

Child labour is used in almost all industries.

Take cosmetics.

Such as eye shadow, lip gloss and other products, to make the users skin more shiny, contains this ingredient:

Mica powder.

When it comes to mica production, it is inseparable from the two provinces of India.


Bihar region.

Its production is amazing, supplying 60% of the worlds raw material demand.

Like cobalt, the mica was stained with childrens blood and tears.

Because of poverty, many young children are forced to work in mines.

If youre a little older, youll have to go to the bottom of the mine.

The well is several meters deep.

After arriving, it was dark inside.

Child laborers need to use an iron hammer, as well as an iron pestle, to crush the nearby ore.

This process is very physical and extremely dangerous.

Because once it collapses, the people inside may never see the sun outside.

Then he put a heavy load on his back and left the deep well.

Then we start screening.

No gloves.

After the mud is filtered, all that remains is stone and mica.

Sorting out the mica pieces one by one, the task is completed.

But the completion of the task does not mean the end of the day.

Child laborers continue to return to the mine in the well.

many a time.

ay in day out.

A reporter asked a little Indian girl, what did you come here for?

I started mining when I was 8, and Im 11, the little girl said

How many days a week do you work?

Every day.

When we are complaining about the 996 working system, who ever thought that in the other corner of the world, there are a group of children who are struggling to dig mines.

Their working system is: 007.

The remuneration is calculated by weight.

Its lucky to earn 20 yuan for a days hard work.

Its not just dirty and tired.

Mica mining is also very risky.

This can cause lung damage.

It can also cause a variety of infectious diseases.

When a reporter asked if a female child laborer had been injured by accident.

She lifted her coat to reveal a long deep scar.

Its from mining.

But there is no choice.

Because of poverty.

Child laborers in Congo are digging cobalt mines.

Children in India are digging mica mines.

In contrast, more worrying is Filipinos child labor - mining gold.

Its not.

Mining gold is not their way to make money, but the only way to survive.

Twenty thousand of them are minors.

The road to gold mining by child laborers is full of dangers.

One is mine operation.

Like most mining industries, dig holes and dig wells.

For child laborers, alchemy is like purgatory.

Everyone must know mercury, right?

Very volatile.

Inhalation after volatilization has irreversible damage to human nervous system. Even disabled to death.

We can imagine how serious it is to hurt children.

In the gold mine, some of the childrens tasks are underwater work..

Theres a crude bamboo boat up there.

Below is a deep river.

A companion drags an air pipe from the bamboo boat.

A child laborer bit the other end of the vent pipe and dived into the river with a gold digging tool.

This is extremely dangerous work.

There is no oxygen tank.

Children with a ventilation tube, to dive into the water more than ten meters of position, to dig gold.

Once the pipe is knotted, or the ventilation is not smooth, or the mouth is opened accidentallyu2014u2014

My life is in danger.

Unfortunately, childrens life and death, did not make the family rich.

Less than one tenth of sales.

The vast majority of child workers are still struggling on the poverty line.

After the above phenomena were reported, a kind of public opinion appeared in the society.

Boycott Congos Cobalt raw material!

Resist mica of unknown origin!

Resist the illegal production of gold!

But can boycott save these children?

The words of a mayor in the Philippines are thought-provoking.

If you go to ban child labor, they will ask you: can you support my family? Can you pay for my childrens schooling? This is my only source of income!

So, if its banned completely, its the end of the child.

It is wrong to ban child labor.

It is also wrong not to ban child labor.

It is even more wrong to pretend to be deaf and indifferent.

Who will save the children?

At a gold mine in the Philippines, 12-year-old mark works hard at the mine.

Mark is the eldest son.

There are also three hungry sisters.

Fathers income is not enough to support the whole family.

If he refuses to be a child laborer, it will not only be himself but also his younger sister who will starve.

Finally, in the face of the interview, Mark said something meaningful

Only in this way can we live. Really?

Some people say that in this world, some people live in high-rise buildings, some people are in deep ditches, some people are covered with rust.

An increasingly cruel reality is that there are 152 million marks left in the world.

Theyre just learning to walk.

They are still in primary school.

But they have to sacrifice their childhood, give up childlike innocence and work day and night like cattle.

Just to live.

The ten sins says, sometimes our eyes can see the universe, but we cant see the most miserable world at the bottom of society.

As a media person, what I can do is to present the world.

Its not just for Indian child labor on the other side of the planet, its Filipino child labor.

Its more for ourselves - to maintain compassion for the weak, as well as the perception of suffering.

Ye Jingzhong delivered a speech at the graduation ceremony of China Agricultural University

If you also agree, please help forward more.

It is hoped that the powerful countries can give more aid to the weak countries.

I also hope that fate will be more merciful to every child. Let suffering no longer, children can be children again.

Author: Zhuo Jue