Others perch perilously on the side of the steep slope yielding sledgehammers

Others perch perilously on the side of the steep

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of working in the quarry, carry sacks of rocks from the bottom of the gorge. Others perch perilously on the side of the steep slope, yielding sledgehammers to smash the rocks off the cliff face into smaller manageable pieces. The heat from burning tyres is used to crack large rocks, making the quarrying process moderately easier. It's the sort of place where there's no such thing as health and safety. The job is extremely dangerous. Accidents, ranging from a smashed hand or finger because of a mis-aimed mallet, to rock falls that leave workers buried with every bone in their bodies pulverised, are a frequent fact of life and one the workers have become fatalistic about. "You never know whether you will return home in the evening," says one woman in between shoveling stones into her jerry can. "We don't quarrel or fight because we're all working in a dangerous place together; when the stones fall on you, then you die together." There is an alternative. Recently, many residents have found safer work, making cosmetic jewellery out of paper, glue and varnishing. A traditional handicraft of the Acholi tribe, the beads are hand-rolled using scraps of paper, usually from old magazines, glued and hand-painted with a layer of protective lacquer. Each piece of jewellery is unique as they are all hand-made and
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