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Ghana’s digital dumping ground

Posted by MachosMag in Videos June 21, 2011 / 3927 views

Tags: sick sad world, violence

Agbogbloshie, a suburb of Accra Ghana, is home to one of the world’s largest dumping grounds for electronic waste that comes from countries throughout the world. This poignant short film captures the desperation, danger and affects of depositing this type of waste in a poor country and area. The neighborhood is dubbed, “Sodom and Gomorrah” due to the terrible living conditions and prevalent crime.


The difficult living conditions are only made worse by how the waste is processed, which require burning plastic and metal. These fires release toxins into the air, including lead, dioxins and brominated flame retardants that are inhaled by numerous children.


Constant inhalation of such toxins can be detrimental to the nervous and reproductive system and the brain. Artistic and simple films like this one can at least help to shed some light on these types of relatively unknown situations.


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