Waste Export, a Poison for African Children

    Selling computer scrap is a means of livelihood for children in a community in Accra, Ghana. But it could also very well be a means to their demise,

    argues. Toxic elements from these discarded computer parts, which are discharged when these materials are burned up to obtain metal, are little by little poisoning the children. The flow of junk must come to a standstill, stresses John Pwamang, director of the Chemicals Control and Management Center at Ghana's Environmental Protection Agency. "The children are sick," Pwamang said. "There are heavy metals there, there are toxins."

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    • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

      As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.

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