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by Andrew McCornell from his “Rubbish Dump 2.0” project

“The suburb of Agbogbloshie in Ghana’s capital, Accra, has in recent years become a dumping ground for computers and electronic waste from Europe and the US. Hundreds of tons of e-waste end up here every month as countries in the West attempt to unload their ever increasing stockpiles of toxic junk. Of the 20 to 50 million tons of electronics discarded each year 70% will end up in poor nations, and in the EU alone 6.6 million tons of e-waste are unaccounted for every year.
Increasingly this e-waste is findeng it’s way to West Africa and countries like Ghana, Nigeria and Ivory Coast. Traders bypass international laws by labeling the equipment as second-hand goods or charity donations, but, in reality as much as 80% of the computers sent to Ghana are broken or obsolete. their final resting place is Agbogbloshie dump where they are broken apart, mostly by children, to salvage the copper, hard drives and other components that can be sold on.
The disposal of electronic goods in the West is a costly affair and must be done in an environmentally responsible manner, however in places like Ghana there are no such regulations and as such toxic metals like lead, beryllium, cadmium and mercury are continiously being released causing untold damage to human health and the environment”.

– Andrew McCornell

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by Michael Trenerry from his project “Dundoras Dump”

“Dundoras Dump is located on the outskirts of Nairobi and is in the middle of several residential slum neighbourhoods. The area is divided into five phases. Phase One being the furthest from the dumpsite and Phase Five being next to the dump and the most dangerous.
The area is approximately two and a half square kilometers in size and is home to over 3000 jobs. The people working in the dumpsite do so by their own means. They claim areas and essentially spend their day sorting through either plastic, metal or any other recyclable materials. The health concerns are incredibly high with immense levels of methane in the air.
Children, women and men collect rubbish in their areas & theyn carry them to weight stations where they collect cash for their find in. Most are lucky to make a dollar or two per day.
When rubbish is dumped, intense odours spread through the tip alongside methane from the back of the truck. Most workers within the site have skin infections and once infected can easily lead to other diseases.
Sadly, this wasteland is home to many people. They work, eat and sleep within the dumpside”.

Michael Trenerry

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by Vibek Raj Maurya
“Agbogbloshie, popularly known as Scrap Market, is a graveyard for obsolete electronic and mechanical equipment in Accra. There is a huge market for the used second hand electronics – computer, television, refrigerator and other home appliances in Accra. Bulk of these goods are shipped from UK, USA, Canada, Germany, Holland and other European countries. At the end of life, most of them are brought here for the metal extraction using primitive methods”
– Vibek Raj Maurya

by Ed Kashi
from “Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta” Book

The waters of the delta, Africa’s second largest watershed, are widely spoiled due to the oil industry and related industrial activities. This has reduced the fisheries from a net exporting business to a barely subsistence activity for the locals. The Niger Deltans must now eat frozen fish from outside the delta, which would have been unheard of in previous generations. Farming has also been reduced dramatically from pre-oil years, and it is also now a subsistence industry. This has disrupted the lineage of fisherman and farmers, and young men who could once proudly follow in their ancestor’s footsteps for work are today left with no jobs, searching in vain for other ways to make a living. Where they once thrived off the lands and waters of the Delta, they must now look for others ways to survive”.

Ed Kashi

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