Ever wonder how the inside of Ghana's "Sodom and Gomorrah" looks like?" Here's a quick glimpse of a section of this settlement
Last updated: 10 February 2019 1:07 AM (GMT)
By Muntaka Chasant | 335 words | Reading time: 1 min
Agbogbloshie (Sodom and Gomorrah) in Accra, Ghana. © 2018 Muntaka Chasant
We have been in and out of this area for a few months now raising awareness of the health risks of air pollution.
We also regularly give out some of our lines of anti-pollution face masks for free to residents to help minimize their exposure to particulate pollutants.
This area is located near the center of Accra, Ghana's capital city.
Agbogbloshie (Sodom and Gomorrah) in Accra, Ghana/ December 2018 Photo Credit: Muntaka Chasant
More than 70,000 Ghanaians live in this area, so I reckon we'll be here for some time.
Dirty air, mainly from old cars and trucks, open burning of residential trash, road dust, and biomass-fuelled cookstoves, is responsible for more than 28,000 premature deaths in Ghana every year, World Health Organization figures show.
The open burning of electrical wires to recover the copper materials inside is a major source air pollution in Accra Central.
Agbogbloshie is also the largest open food market in Accra. Shoppers, children, and livestock are exposed to toxic substances such as arsenic, PCBs, lead, dioxins, and furans, every day.
I put together a short video about the open burning below. The scenes were mostly captured with a mobile phone (handheld), so nothing spectacular there. Just for illustration purposes.
The video closely look at the urban mining of copper and other rare earth metals at the Agbogbloshie e-waste dump and how it could be exposing Accra residents to serious health risks.
Agbogbloshie - A short video
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