October 25, 2014
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) - A U.N. radio station says six people -
including five children - have died in a tin mine collapse in
U.N. Radio Okapi says the collapse at an abandoned mine on
Sunday also left two people missing.
The radio station says the collapse also killed a woman who is
survived by three children. It was unclear if any of the dead were
related to each other.
Congo is awash with gold, diamonds and metals such as
cassiterite and coltan used to weld small pieces together in
The sprawling country, which is the size of Western Europe, also
lacks basic infrastructure like transnational roads. Many of its
mines are difficult to access, making it nearly impossible to
monitor for safety hazards and child labor.
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