February 24th, 2012
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Where does our tech waste end up? The Agbogbloshie dump, in the suburbs of Accra, Ghana, is one place. Photographer Andrew McConnell documents the dump and the surrounding area in an in-depth series which raises real questions about who handles our tech products — and the data on them — after we’re through with them.

McConnell provides a caption to the above photo:

Children break apart CRT monitors to salvage metal from inside, at Agbogbloshie dump. Many children work at the dump salvaging metals which they sell to middlemen. They do not wear any protective clothing and so expose themselves to lethal doses of hazardous chemicals like mercury and lead.

See the in-depth series by Andrew McConnell

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