Will Zambia Protect Children from Kabwe’s Toxic Legacy?

“Janet” is a 4-year-old girl from Kabwe in Zambia’s Central Province who suffers from frequent headaches. She is unusually small for her age and often has difficulty remembering things. Recent blood tests have shown that she has extremely high lead levels in her blood, which would be consistent with her symptoms. Her mother is both worried about her daughter’s long-term health as well as angry, and says she wants to fight against the now closed lead and zinc mine that has made her daughter sick.

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