Backbreaking quarry work only choice for Burkinabe teenager

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At an open-pit granite quarry in Burkina Faso's capital, workers' children play in the rubble while others toil alongside their parents after the coronavirus pandemic closed schools.
OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) -

Most of the site's 1,000 workers are adults, but a Reuters witness saw a dozen children of different ages chipping lumps of granite into smaller pieces or balancing rocks on their heads as they walked painstakingly out of the steep pit.

"It's not a game. If you work here, you hurt all over at night," said 18-year-old school pupil Elysee Yanogo, who was splitting granite slabs with a mallet.

He started working at the quarry with his mother after authorities ordered schools closed in March to help curb…
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