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The Toxic Effects of Electronic Waste in Accra, Ghana

Sorting through used electronics is a livelihood for many in the Agbogbloshie area, but toxic e-waste poses serious health risks.
Abdrahaman Daouda came to Accra from Niger two years ago. He collects used water sachets and scrap metal, and hopes to buy his own taxi one day. But when it rains at Agbogbloshie, he finds it difficult to breathe.
Abdrahaman Daouda came to Accra from Niger two years ago. He collects used water sachets and scrap metal, and hopes to buy his own taxi one day. But when it rains at Agbogbloshie, he finds it difficult to breathe.Peter Yeung

Heavy, acidic gusts of smoke billow across the Agbogbloshie dump, a wasteland dotted with burning mounds of trash in Ghana’s capital, Accra.

Up to 10,000 workers wade through tons of discarded goods as part of an enormous, informal recycling process, in what has become one of the world’s largest destinations for used electronic goods.