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In South Sudan, some children work in mines to survive

KAPOETA, South Sudan— South Sudan’s five-year civil war has devastated the economy, fueling child labor in the most impoverished regions.

On a visit to one mineral-rich area, the AP saw dozens of haggard children working in an artisanal mine.

An 8-year-old girl said it is tough working in a gold mine. She said she wants to be in schoo. Other children pushed wheelbarrows stacked with jerry cans of water along uneven dirt roads or sold used clothes in a makeshift market under the scorching sun.

Small boys pushed wheelbarrows stacked with jerry cans of water along uneven dirt roads, while others sold secondhand clothes in a makeshift market under the scorching sun.

AP

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