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The gemstone mined by child labour

The precious blue tanzanite stone has become one of the most coveted gemstones in the world, but it is mined by underage workers in Mererani, Tanzania.

The precious blue tanzanite stone has become one of the most coveted gemstones in the world, and is only found in Mererani in northern Tanzania.

Its mining industry generates over $1bn a year, but the working conditions are tough, especially for the underage miners who are being employed illegally.

The BBC's Aboubakar Famau reports from Mererani.

  • 19 Jun
  • From the section Africa