Lead Poison In Nigeria

The app that saved 1,000 Nigerian children

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Schoolchildren in Bagega in Zamfara State, northeastern Nigeria. December 2014. Photo by Chika Oduah



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BAGEGA, Nigeria — About six years ago, several communities had succumbed to an outbreak of lead poisoning, induced by gold miners unknowingly bringing dust filled with lead into residential areas of their communities.

The Nigerian government allocated $5.4 million to help Bagega, the community most affected by the contamination. But months after its initial promise, the Nigerian federal government still had not released the funds. More than 400 children died in the community.

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