The dramatic rescue of the
trapped miners in Chile brought to mind a movie I watched earlier
in the year, The Devil's Miner
and netflix (also available on instant
play), it's a great movie to share with your (older) children, as
it will give them perspective on the injust, every day reality of
so many children around the world.
Filmmakers Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani followed around a
14-year-old Bolivian miner, Basilio Vargas, as he deals with
fear, hardwork and struggle in the silver mines of Cerro Rico. As
he works under harsh mine conditions, including darkess, dust, 100+
degree heat and the unavoidable threat future lung disease, he
shares his hopes and dreams, one of which is to receive an
Sadly, Basilio's story isn't unique, as many children around
the world work in the back and soul-breaking mining industry. To
learn more about children in the mining industry, including
information on charities that aim to help improve their lives,
Amy Bizzarri is a mom of two living in Logan Square. She also blogs at tiramisumom.com.
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