Link Africa

Yakubu Al Hassan, 20 mines for valuable materials at Africa's largest digital technology dump

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]

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