The Invisibles Miners
The mine of Pissy, located a few minutes from Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, employs about 3,000 people, including many women and children. Closed in the seventies, the mine reopened in the nineties due to a severe economic crisis. Located near the city center, it is virtually impossible to use explosives. The work is done manually, from extraction to the reduction in stones of different sizes. The transportation of rocks from the crater of the mine to the surface is performed mainly by women who carry the material, about 50 kg, on their head on average a dozen times per day. These people plagued by poverty, work in extreme conditions. Subject to fatigue, heat and air contaminated by dioxin, the invisible miners spend their days in a totally hostile environment. The working day is arduous , often lasting 10 to 12 hours, to earn just over one Euro. At the mine entrance there is a large sign, which states that the work in the mine is dangerous for children, and instead they should go to school for a better future. Unfortunately, the reality is very different. In Burkina Faso, thousands of children work in the mines, trying to support themselves and their families.
Burkina Faso 2015