venerdì 7 settembre 2012


Born in Canada, 1978. Olivier Asselin is a freelance photographer. He works for editorial clients as well as several aid and development organisations throughout Africa. His work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Newsweek, TIME, Chicago Tribune, Reader’s Digest, Le Nouvel Observateur and others. His clients include UNICEF, the World Health Organization and GAVI Alliance.Ghana e-waste.


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.

clip_image005clip_image007clip_image009 clip_image012 clip_image014 clip_image015 clip_image017 Girls drive sheep in the village of Weotenga, Plateau-Centre region, Burkina Faso on Wednesday March 28, 2012

clip_image019 Adenium desert rose along the road to Bakel, Senegal. Copyright 2011, Heifer International / Olivier Asselin
Two boys stand by the edge of the forest in Tano Akakro, Cote d'Ivoire on Saturday June 20, 2009.Tano Akakro, Cote d’Ivoire – Two boys stand by the edge of the forest. (Photo by Olivier Asselin)


clip_image026 clip_image027 Broken reflection

clip_image028“Touch of protection” by Olivier Asselin

©UNICEF/Olivier Asselin
All images © Olivier Asselin

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