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Nigeria lead poisoning crisis continues

2012-11-15 21:38

Johannesburg – Doctors Without Borders have warned that a lead poisoning crisis in northern Nigeria is still ongoing and affecting children, while government money has yet to be released.

The group cautioned on Thursday about the lead poisoning in the rural Zamfara state, near Nigeria's border with Niger.

The group said government money to clean up affected villages was still not available and without the funding, more children would be exposed to the lead, which has been released from local gold mining in the villages.

Doctors Without Borders also said the soil clean up had not yet started, although the country's rainy season was over.

The lead poisoning crisis began in 2010 and at least 400 children have died since then.

Thousands more continue to be exposed to dangerously high levels of lead.