MUNTAKA CHASANT
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E-waste Recycling And Child Labour

Kwaku Debrah, 15 years old, was 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 […]

May 20, 2020

Kwaku Debrah, 15 years old, was 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 […]

Kwaku Debrah, 15 years old, was 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 Was Debrah Doing?

It does look like Debrah is dancing in the photo above, 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.

Getting ready to smash another CRT TV against a rock:

See more of Debrah in the links below:

Read more about this hazardous child labour problem here:

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