Jorge would like to be a lawyer but has no choice other than to work in a mine all day until his back hurts. Alex works in the mine because he has nothing to eat. He doesn't tell his mother about his work because it makes her cry. These 13-year-old boys sneak into mines adults consider too dangerous or too unproductive to work in. For the small amounts of tin left in the exhausted Andes mountains, the boys work in silence in case the rocks fall on them. Filmmaker Rodrigo Vazquez speaks to the Bolivian child laborers that Trade Union managers turn a blind eye to.
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About Al Jazeera - Witness
Rageh Omaar presents Witness, a half-hour daily documentary series which features short, specially commissioned or acquired films gathered from independent filmmakers.
Each documentary reveals the unknown lives of ordinary people, following their lives, telling their stories and portraying the challenges that confront them. Our witnesses are people in a situation or those who have observed them first hand.
The films cover conflict, belief, the past and the future and as well as bringing new stories to light they showcase the talents of a new breed of multi-skilled, frontline journalist. In the studio, Rageh will further explore the issues raised in the films, with expert guests on the subject matter and the filmmakers themselves.