Children Handling Mercury

http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/11/17/take-mercury-out-children-s-hands

http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/10/17/protecting-child-and-adult-gold-miners-against-mercury-right-health-issue

In Nairobi, a city in Kenya, many government representatives worldwide came together to discuss a serious problem. Children in Kenya, all over Africa and Asia are being put into extreme dangers. These children are mining for gold; in the process, they also handle Mercury. The Mercury is extremely dangerous for these kids and everyone in the surroundings. It can poison them and cause serious respiratory, physical and mental defects. Representatives have begun to reach a "Mercury Treaty" which will be revised and adopted by 2013. What is your opnion on the children being put in danger of such a highly toxic substance?

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