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Agbogbloshie: Burning Steering Wheels

Thousands of young people escape poverty in their villages and town to Accra, Ghana’s capital city, in search of job opportunities every year. With no education at all in a harsh urban environment, many of them end up in the informal sector, where they engage in hazardous work. Awal, 27 years old, is urban poor, […]

May 29, 2020

May 29, 2020

14 Min read time

Agbogbloshie: Man is burning car steering wheels to reclaim the aluminium materials inside. They call it "Korea Aluminium" at Agbogbloshie, and sold for around GH₵1.5 ($0.25) per pound in May 2020. © 2020 Muntaka Chasant

Thousands of young people escape poverty in their villages and town to Accra, Ghana’s capital city, in search of job opportunities every year. With no education at all in a harsh urban environment, many of them end up in the informal sector, where they engage in hazardous work. Awal, 27 years old, is urban poor, […]

Thousands of young people escape poverty in their villages and town to Accra, Ghana’s capital city, in search of job opportunities every year.

With no education at all in a harsh urban environment, many of them end up in the informal sector, where they engage in hazardous work.

Awal, 27 years old, is urban poor, and he’s burning car steering wheels to reclaim the aluminium materials inside at Agbogbloshie, Ghana.

They call it ‘Korea aluminium.’ He was paid just GH₵5.00 (around $0.85) after the burn.

The steering wheels with airbags inside frequently blast out during burning.

‘Korea aluminium’ sold for around GH₵1.5 ($0.25) per pound at Agbogbloshie in May 2020.

Agbogbloshie Burning Video

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May 29, 2020

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