Sub-Saharan Africa is the worst place to be a child in 2015.
While the global number of child laborers has declined by one-third since 2000, there are still more than 59 million incidences of child labour in this part of Africa alone.
Since 2012, photojournalist Matjaz Krivic has been documenting the men, women, and children working in the gold mines of Bani, Burkina Faso. One of the most dangerous forms of labour a child can engage in, mining is back-breaking work that poses both immediate risks and long-term health problems.
“Kids as young as 8 years are working heavily every day, all day,” Krivic told Business Insider. Located in the northwestern portion of Sub-Saharan Africa, Burkina Faso is nestled right above Ghana, and below Mali.
Krivic’s images show the difficult process of gold mining, as well as the risks these children must take everyday just to survive.