Close
Send Us A Tip

Do you have a tip for us? Just like any other popular news site, we accept tips from our readers. It is a quick way to help us find what people are talking about around the globe, what is about to go viral and, of course, what you think should be featured on Bit Rebels.
Please understand that we get hundreds of tips each day, and we can't feature everything. We are dedicatedly looking through all the tips submitted and pick the things we feel will appeal to our audience.

Name * Email *
Website * Related URL *
Subject *
Comment *
Verify That You Are Human... *
+ 10 = 19
Bit Rebels Logo
Computer Wasteland In Ghana
Advertisement
CHECK OUT MORE OF OUR ARTICLES

Ghana’s eWasteland: Living On The Legacy Of The Digital World

5 Years Ago By Diana Adams

The shocking pictures below by Andrew McConnell were taken at the Agbogbloshie dump in Accra, Ghana. It’s a place where much of the discarded computer equipment and other electronics from the United States, Europe and other countries ends up. Over 3,000 people live here, in the slums, and they make their living by burning this electronic waste to salvage small pieces of metals and other material they can hopefully sell. On a good day, a person might find $2 worth of scraps.

The whole area is polluted beyond belief. Toxins like lead; cadmium and mercury in this area are in concentrations greater than 100 times what is considered normal. Black smoke can be seen for miles, and the nearby river has computer keyboards and other electronics floating in it. Children walk through the waste without shoes and search in the burning metal with their bare hands to hopefully find something they can sell.

Jim Puckett is the executive director of the Basal Action Network, which monitors electronic waste around the globe. He said, “It’s the only part of the world where you’ll go and see thousands of women on any given day that are sitting… basically cooking printed circuit boards. As a result, they’re breathing all of the brominated flame-retardants. You smell it in the air. You get headaches as soon as you enter this area. It really is quite sad.” Apparently hundreds of containers leave North America every day full of electronic waste. Once those containers are delivered to the recyclers in Ghana, and they have gone through it all to salvage what they can, it gets dumped here to be burned. This is sad beyond belief.

Computer Floting In The River

Computer  Wasteland In Ghana

Elephants and Computer Waste

Computer Garbage In Ghana

PC and Mac Garbage Ghana

PC and Mac Garbage Ghana

PC and Mac Garbage Ghana

PC and Mac In Ghana

PC and Mac in Ghana

PC and Mac In Ghana

Via: [ABC News] [The Pollution Blog] [Ghana Web] [NPR] [Amusing Planet]

From Around The Web

Leave A Comment

SUBMIT

css.php