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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

 

 

 

Sodom and Gomorrah - Ghana | Muntaka Chasant

 

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.

 

More than 50,000 Ghanaians live in this area, so I reckon we'll be here for some time.

 

Agbogbloshie | Sodom and Gomorrah | Plastic Pollution in Ghana | Muntaka Chasant

 

Agbogbloshie (Sodom and Gomorrah) in Accra, Ghana. © 2018 Muntaka Chasant


 

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.

 

See also: Air Pollution in Ghana: Causes, Effects and Solutions

  

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

 


   

See also: "Urban mining" and Air Pollution in Accra, Ghana

 

See also: AirMask & Textiles Company donates Anti-Pollution Face Masks to Jamestown Residents

 

Please leave your comments below, and let us know what you think!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments (2)

  • Peter

    I can see you guys are doing something great! Please get in touch with me via 0267366444 for a possible Collaboration on works in that informal Community – Old Fadama!

  • Ellis

    Thanks for the feedback, Peter. That’s a great idea. We’ll reach out to you soon.

    Best,

    Ellis,
    ATC MASK Support.

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