© Nyaba Leon Ouedraogo, 2008, 'The Hell of Copper' ('L'Enfer du Cuivre'), Accra / Ghana
Ouedraogo’s series 'The Hell of Copper' depicts the Agbogbloshie dump in Accra - a Ghanaian dumping ground for global electronic waste.
"From dawn to dusk, dozens of young Ghanians, from 10 to 25 years of age, exhaust themselves […] seven days a week. Their mission is to disassemble the old computers and burn certain plastic or rubber components to cull the precious copper, which will then be resold. Everything is done by hand or with iron bars, makeshift tools found among the refuse. They have neither masks nor gloves. There are not even any functioning toilets," says Ouedraogo. (thanks PrisonPhotography)
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