At Agbogboshie Market in Accra, computers and other secondhand equipment are taken apart and often burned to extract metals for resale. The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal of 1989 prohibits the dumping of toxic waste in poor countries. Much of the equipment arrived as secondhand donations meant to reduce the “digital divide” The site is associated with child trafficking, tribal rivalries, drug-related crime. Reports by Greenpeace and other international agencies detail massive emissions of noxious fumes, and high levels poisonous chemicals found in the soil. [New York Times Magazine, Flavorwire]
- The realization that northern countries cannot develop the South — that people and societies can only do so themselves — is given plenty of lip service. In practice, however, the idea hardly plays a role at all.
- [Africa] is not a victim of nature that has to beg for handouts to survive but a victor of nature that can thrive by learning how to create value and wealth using its abundant natural resources.
- “First, not only was this trial a breakthrough, it was one of the best designed trials I’ve seen and the presentation was just elegant. This was a trial that was conceived, designed, and executed in South Africa by South Africans.
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