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Konkola Copper Mines – a subsidiary of the UK-based mining giant Vedanta – has been polluting the main water source of surrounding villages in Chingola, in Zambia’s Copperbelt Province, and leaving a trail of human rights and environmental abuses for nearly two decades

A legal action, brought by more than 2,500 Zambian villagers, including 643 children, against Konkola Copper Mines Plc and Vedanta Resources Limited, has settled out of court, it was announced today (19 January) in a joint statement from the mining companies and Leigh Day, the English law firm representing the claimants

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ActionAid Zambia works closely with communities in the Chingola area through its partner, the Catholic Diocese of Ndola. This work provides a platform and resources to support villagers to claim their rights and advocate for regulation of corporate conduct through progressive policies and legislation

Responding to the settlement announcement, Nalucha Nganga Ziba, Country Director of ActionAid Zambia, says: “Communities in Chingola have been fighting for justice and compensation for the human rights abuses and environmental destruction they have suffered for over a decade.

“Extractive companies must be taxed on their profits, to provide public services to benefit communities, and be made to adhere to environmental standards. There must be no bailouts or public investments in mining companies, which continue to pollute and contribute to climate change. They must no longer be allowed to act with impunity.”

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Esther Nalumbulu is from Shimulala where the community’s main water source has been polluted for more than a decade by toxic run-off from the Konkola Copper Mine (KCM). She says this is causing adults to suffer from upset stomachs and skin irritations. But for young children and babies, it is proving deadly

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