Sixteen Fathers sue mining company for death of their sons
Godwin Kudzo, a renowned lawyer has taken it upon himself to represent sixteen grieving fathers as they press for justice for the death of their sons.
Their sons were small scale miners that worked for Shaanxi Mining Ghana Limited. It was said that they died in the Upper East region after inhaling toxic gas from an explosive blasted by the Chinese owned mining company in January 2019. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The boys died consecutively, just hours apart after inhaling the poisonous smoke while they were searching for golf underground at Gbane, a community in the Talensi District.
It was also reported that someone shouted in the local Talensi language, in the dark, while they were rescuing the boys that one of them should not be given water. The rescue party made up of some members of the community helped in pulling out the dying victims from the fumed explosive mining pit. They carried them on their backs with speed into vehicles in readiness for any health facilities they could find that night.
The person who shouted in the dark in the local Talensi language said that taking water after inhaling the deadly fumes would limit chances of survival.
Few hours later, the dead bodies of the men were kept in front of the mortuary block of the Upper East Regional Hospital. The tragedy described as the worst mining disaster to have hit the region forced men to break down in tears in front of the autopsied bodies awaiting burial in their seperate hometowns.
The fathers of the boys are seeking justice for their sons and are pushing for Gh¢360,000 per deceased person as well as the cost of the funeral expenses. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
It is a very shocking and sad incident especially for the grieving fathers.
May their souls rest in peace.
In your own opinion, do you think the fathers should be given justice for their sons?
And do you think the death of the boys is the fault of the mining company?
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