Kari, Burkina Faso - 11 May 2014: a young boy holds a head torch in his hands at the gold-washing site of Kari where an accident caused by heavy rainfalls killed 8 people on the 8th May. The youngest ones, small enough to reach the bottom of the mine shafts, are most often the victims of the recurrent accidents. Facing repeated physical and ver- bal violence, drinking alcohol and taking heavy drugs, without any aspiration to get an education, these small boys trying their luck with gold, are the most worri- some aspect of the Burkinabè artisanal gold rush.
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