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Lead Poisoning on Kenya’s Coast: A Poor Community Fights Back

For years they watched their children die of lead poisoning caused by a nearby smelter. Now, with support from UN Human Rights, residents of a shantytown in Kenya are seeking redress.

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Footnotes: Cover photo: A woman from the Owino community carries her son who tested positive to lead poisoning. The effects of the poisoning can be seen on his leg. © OHCHR/A. Fassio

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