Art & LifeSocietyLead paint kills silently in Nigeria and Cameroon

Sun,23Nov2014

Posted on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:24

Lead paint kills silently in Nigeria and Cameroon

By The Africa Report

Photo©ReutersIn 2012, lead poisoning took the lives of more than 400 children living around a gold mine in Zamfara State, Nigeria.

 

The Nigerian government still has not released the $5m it promised in May 2012 to clean up the site.

It was thought that the lead had entered the children's bloodstreams from the soil or water contaminated by industrial paint.

Even tiny amounts of lead can devastate the nervous system and cause brain and blood disorders.

But Nigeria is not the only African country affected.

A 2011 survey conducted by the Centre de Recherche et d'Education pour le Développement (CREPD) revealed paints with concentrations exceeding 2,000 parts per million (ppm) in Cameroon.

Legal limits in the US are 90ppm for household paint.

"We cannot drag them [companies] to court because Cameroon lacks legislation limiting lead content in paint," says Samuel Tetsopgang, CREPD's coordinator.



Subscriptions DigitalEditionSubscriptions PrintEdition

FRONTLINE

NEWS

POLITICS

SPORTS

HEALTH

BUSINESS

SOCIETY

TECHNOLOGY

Music & Film

SOAPBOX

COLUMNISTS

MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

Keep up to date on the latest from our network :

Connect with us