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Tragic end for two teenagers as they are laid to rest after drowning in galamsey pit

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The small community of Sanfo-Aduam in the Bekwai municipality is mourning the loss of two young girls, Alicia and Anita Asare. The girls, both 13 years old and pupils of the Sanfo-Aduam SDA Junior High School, lost their lives in a galamsey pit on Friday, April 21, 2023. They had gone out with friends to swim in a nearby river that was surrounded by several abandoned galamsey pits. Eyewitnesses reported that their bodies were retrieved after several hours of searching by the community members.

The community is still in shock over the incident, and the funeral ceremony was a heart-wrenching affair characterized by tears and wailing by family members, schoolmates, and community members. The mourners expressed their anger and frustration over the numerous illegal mining pits that have been abandoned in the community. They called on the authorities to take action to cover all the pits to protect the residents from future incidents.

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The dangers of illegal mining in Ghana have been well-documented, and yet, the practice continues unabated. Galamsey, as it is commonly known, has a significant impact on the environment, the economy, and public health. The unregulated and illegal nature of the practice means that the miners often operate without any safety measures, putting themselves and others at risk. For the most part, galamsey activities go on unchecked, and it is the vulnerable members of society who bear the brunt of its negative consequences.

In this particular case, two young lives have been cut short, leaving their families and loved ones devastated. It is a tragic reminder of the urgent need to address the issue of galamsey in the country. The government and other stakeholders must take action to enforce the laws and regulations on mining and to provide alternative livelihoods for those engaged in the illegal activity. It is only through a concerted effort that we can put an end to the dangers of galamsey and prevent further loss of life.

 

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