The West African country of Guinea is one of the world’s poorest nations. But it is also one of the top bauxite exporters, and the biggest to China, where the bulk of global aluminum is produced. Bauxite mining provides the government with much-needed tax dollars and thousands of jobs. But for people like Bah, Bangoura, and Maïmouna, mining has profoundly affected their local environment, their relationship with their land, and their access to clean water. These are their stories.
Although all African Union (AU) countries have made human rights commitments to protect pregnant girls and adolescent mothers’ right to education, in practice adolescent mothers are treated very differently depending on which country they live in.