Living near uranium mines in Niger

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Niger is the world’s fifth largest producer of uranium, which is mainly used to fuel nuclear power plants. The French industrial company Areva has been mining uranium from the area around the town of Arlit for the past 45 years. Greenpeace and local activists claim that this activity has contaminated the local environment and that this radioactive pollution has made local people ill. Areva strongly denies this allegation. This, the first of two films on the subject, focuses on those living near the firm’s mines.

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