Every year, tons of used electronics from North America, Europe and other industrialized parts of the world end up in countries like Ghana. The guts of computers hold copper, aluminum and other metals that can be sold for money. A kilogram of copper sells for about $4 – over half of Ghanaians live on less than $2 a day. Largely the business of boys or young men, cables from electronics are often set on fire to burn off plastic and recover the precious copper – releasing harmful chemicals that poison the population.
Girls drive sheep in the village of Weotenga, Plateau-Centre region, Burkina Faso on Wednesday March 28, 2012
Adenium desert rose along the road to Bakel, Senegal. Copyright 2011, Heifer International / Olivier Asselin
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