croyable I want to end my series of the Ugandan Goldmines with a bit of happiness. Before we got to the Goldmines, we picked up some soccer balls as a gift. On the last day of my stay I went looking for the soccer field the kids play on, just when I got there I found this little scene. Incredible to see that these kids find ways to leave their troubles behind and just be kids for a few hours.
One last call to action; please have a look at the link in my bio, Electronics companies can use a push to be open about where they buy their gold, this petition could be of great help, so please take some time to sign the petition so we can try to make a change!
We could all be using a bit of gold that was processed by these kids, it might even be in the mobile phone you are reading this on. #stopchildlabour
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croyable Something I didn't realize before I got to the goldmine was that there is a whole community surrounding the mine, a little village even. Most of the people have or rent a place to sleep right next to the mining pit. Many kids and grownup's never leave the site, mining is their whole life, they can buy things in little shops and eat at little stalls. There are also kids that try to sell their goods like banana's, eggs and tomatoes on the site where the actual work is done. In this community there is also a kind of social control, worried as I got about these kids, it was good to see that they are looked after by the community. #stopchildlabour 1w

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croyable A little break from sluicing. I didn't get a chance to interview this girl, she might be one of the lucky ones that only works in the weekends and attends school on weekdays. #stopchildlabour
Please have a look at the link in my bio!
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  •   croyable @momalawler much appreciated. 1w
  •   croyable @daimonx thanks for your feedback Daimon. I got to admit that our talks last year contributed to me wanting to show a different kind of life as well. 1w
  •   mah1030 Stunning!! 1w
  •   geenpoeha Prachtig! 8h

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croyable Mike working on the sluices, when he is done with this process, the bottles of Mercury appear, this is added to the fine dust that is left over from sluicing to gather the gold, nobody tells these kids Mercury is highly toxic so they even use it while having wounds or cuts on their hands. After the gold is collected in the Mercury they take it to a buyer who will burn the Mercury in a spoon until all the Mercury evaporates and there is just some gold left. Bad for their health and the environment. #stopchildlabour 2w
  •   croyable @katie120487 that is exactly the problem, no alternative. So more than just my request needs to change, but we need to start somewhere. 2w
  •   firebug27 😯😯😯 2w
  •   katie120487 Well, @croyable it can be a long and difficult process but it can be done. I have seen wonderful things happen in Central America and Rwanda. I pray that alternative ways to earn a living will be achieved and schooling available for these precious children. I will be following this and thank you for continuing to post. 2w
  •   inge_wilkens so disturbing... 2w

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croyable Mike Ssenyobho - 14 years old.
Mike has been working in the Rubali Goldmine for 3 years now. His parents and 3 brothers and 3 sisters are still in the village he was born in. He has never seen a school from the inside.
I asked if I could do a portrait of him right after he played a game of soccer with his buddies from the goldmine, soccer is his favorite pastime. We brought 2 soccer balls for the kids when we first arrived at the mines, it gave me a great feeling to see them enjoying our gift in their free time. #stopchildlabour < please have a look at the link in my profile!
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croyable Most children work on processing the ore, like Boaz is doing right here, crushing rocks into smaller rocks. The smaller rocks will be grinded into ore dust. #stopchildlabour 2w
  •   jeroenv Prachtige serie Eelco en zo goed dat je hier aandacht aan besteed🏻 2w
  •   tashavercaut Heartbreaking. 2w
  •   t_vliegertje Prachtige foto maar het verhaal er achter is vreselijk, maar inderdaad goed dat je hier aandacht aan besteed . 2w
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croyable Boaz Kiseka - 14 Years old.
Boaz arrived at the goldmine just one month ago. He lives on the mining camp in a small hut with his parents, 3 sisters and 3 brothers.
He is the oldest son and doesn't go to school anymore, he used to though. When he is not working, he loves playing soccer with his mining friends.

In Uganda 10 to 15 Thousand children work in these small and Artisanal gold mines.
Please have a look at the link in my bio and sign the petition! #stopchildlabour
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croyable The youngest children working in the Goldmine are responsible to carry water from a well up to the sluice boxes, the water is also used as drinking water, without it being purified, a source for illness.
I urge you all to follow the link in my bio to sign a petition to #stopchildlabour, specifically the worst kind; child labour in Goldmines. @Stop.Child_Labour
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  •   karzerooo Petition signed. 2w
  •   cleo_264 SO TRUE! I'm in 8th grade, and I've started gathering groups of people to make water purifiers to help this. Already I've made 50 and hav about 150 total. This is such a big issue - definitely signing the petition 2w
  •   croyable that's so good to hear @cleo_264 you are making a difference! Thanks for signing 🏻 2w

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croyable This kind lady invited us into her home to shelter from the rain, our 4x4 got stuck in the mud when we tried to reach the Rubali Gold Mine, which was the real reason for me to travel to Uganda.
She is looking out for her father who works in the Rubali mine, while taking care of her brothers and sisters.
Sad thing is that there are also a lot of young children working in these Artisanal and illegal gold mines. In the upcoming days I will share photos and stories of these kids. I urge you all to follow the link in my bio to sign a petition to #stopchildlabour, specifically the worst kind, child labour in Goldmines. @Stop.Child_Labour
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croyable So close to this massive Elephant, crazy. #ThePearlOfAfrica Uganda. 2w

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croyable Incredible feeling to be eye to eye with a Hippo! #ThePearlOfAfrica Uganda. 2w

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croyable I was in #ThePearlOfAfrica Uganda recently. First stop was Queen Elizabeth National Park. It has been incredible, here some buffalo at a crater lake. 3w

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croyable Spent the day in Livorno. If only for the ice cream, go when you are near by. @trittitalie #tritt 3w

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croyable Somewhere up those hills is our house (with swimming pool 🏻🏻) booked through @trittitalie #tritt 3w

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croyable One more of that magical sunset walk in Tuscany. Thanks again @trittitalie we are loving the stay so far. #tritt 4w

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croyable Tuscany suits her. @trittitalie #tritt 4w

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croyable Time well spent with my favorite people on earth. Tuscany will forever be in our hearts. Having so much fun at our place provided by @trittitalie. #tritt 4w

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croyable Exploring Tuscany and it's greenest greens. @trittitalie #tritt 4w

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croyable Sunset on the many layers of beautiful Tuscany. On our way to a spot we booked through the good people of @trittitalie. #tritt 4w

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croyable I have been off the grid for the last few days, can't share what I am working on yet 😶. But here is a photo from Iceland 1mon

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