The Terrible Cost of Ghana’s Electronic Waste Dump

Agbogbloshie is a wasteland of smoke and rubble nicknamed “Sodom and Gomorrah” by the locals. Plastic parts, wires, and pieces of metal and glass lie strewn across the terrain, alongside more immediately recognizable household objects like televisions and refrigerators. And the air is thick with the harsh smell of burning plastic and foul sewage gases drifting in from the heavily polluted Odaw River. Men and boys wander this bleak landscape in search of anything they can salvage and re-sell.

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As part of his final year thesis at Roskilde University, photographer Vibek Raj Maurya visited the e-waste dumpsite of Agbogbloshie, near Accra in Ghana, to assess the environmental and socio-economic impact the site has had on the area. “Since I had read and seen video footage of Agbogbloshie and the surrounding scrap markets, I planned to interview workers, scrap dealers and residents,” says Maurya. “While I was there, I also took the opportunity to document the place and the activities.”

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