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E-waste Recycling And Child Labour

Kwaku Debrah is a 15-year-old adolescent boy engaged in hazardous child labour on the margins of Accra, Ghana’s capital city. A broomstick fired from a slingshot punctured his eyeball when he was just 9 years old. New to eye injury, Debrah instantly pulled the stick out. He’s now blind in the left eye and wears […]

May 20, 2020

Child labour image: Kwaku Debrah, a 15 years old adolescent, has just smashed an old CRT TV against a rock to reclaim the iron materials inside at Agbogbloshie, Ghana. A piece of CRT glass stuck in his hair fell past his left eye, overshadowing it. Debrah is already blind in the left eye and wears a prosthetic. More than 60% of children in hazardous work worldwide are boys, according to ILO estimates. © 2020 Muntaka Chasant

Kwaku Debrah is a 15-year-old adolescent boy engaged in hazardous child labour on the margins of Accra, Ghana’s capital city. A broomstick fired from a slingshot punctured his eyeball when he was just 9 years old. New to eye injury, Debrah instantly pulled the stick out. He’s now blind in the left eye and wears […]

Kwaku Debrah is a 15-year-old adolescent boy engaged in hazardous child labour on the margins of Accra, Ghana’s capital city.

A broomstick fired from a slingshot punctured his eyeball when he was just 9 years old. New to eye injury, Debrah instantly pulled the stick out. He’s now blind in the left eye and wears a prosthetic.

What is Debrah Doing?

It does look like Debrah is dancing in the photo below, but it is actually much more than that. He had just smashed an old cathode-ray tube (CRT) television against a rock to reclaim the shadow mask and other iron materials inside.

A piece of CRT glass fell (was stuck in his hair) and overshadowed his left eye. I thought this was an interesting capture given Debrah is already blind in the left eye and wears a prosthetic.

Here’s a moment before the incident above. You will see a piece of glass stuck in his hair if you look closely.

Here’s are a few other series of Debrah smashing another CRT TV against a rock.

See more of Debrah in the links below:

Read more about this hazardous child labour problem here:

Child Labour: Akufo-Addo is an 8-year-old urban poor and engaged in hazardous child labour at Agbogbloshie, Ghana. Children working in hazardous environments at Agbogbloshie are exposed to heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, chromium, and mercury. Roughly around 19 million children worldwide below the age of 12 years are in hazardous child labour, according to the ILO. © 2020 Muntaka Chasant

Child Labour in Ghana: Meet 8-Year-Old ‘Akufo-Addo’

This 8-year-old nicknamed after Ghana’s president is engaged in hazardous child labour on the margins of Accra, Ghana. See how he navigates the underside of Agbogbloshie.

Children of Agbogbloshie: Malik, Adama and Twum

Urban Outcasts: Children of Agbogbloshie

See hazardous child labour at Agbogbloshie and a missing child found through this article.

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