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Agbogbloshie, Ghana: Men are burning cables in the open to recover the copper materials inside. It had rained heavily, and the man in the black shirt is keeping himself warm as he waits for his copper wires. © 2019 Muntaka Chasant
Hazardous child labour: A 12 years old boy carries a cathode-ray tube-based TV on the head. He used a hammer to break it apart for the iron materials inside. An estimated 152 children worldwide between 5 and 17 years are in child labour. © 2020 Muntaka Chasant
A 'burner boy' holding freshly recovered copper wires and smoking a cigarette at Agbogbloshie, Ghana. Agbogbloshie 'burner boys' use styrofoam packaging and scrap tires as fuel to burn insulated copper wires in the open to reclaim the copper materials inside. This is a major source of air pollution Accra, Ghana's capital city. © 2019 Muntaka Chasant
Sad Man Thinking Photo: Urban poor man thinking in Accra, Ghana. Many young Africans, who have no education, flee hunger and poverty in rural areas to live in urban slums, where their situations are further worsened by lack of basic sanitation, housing, and other essential services. Over 40% of the youth between 15 – 35 in Ghana have no education. © 2020 Muntaka Chasant
Child Poverty: Smiling Kwadwo Michael is a 7 years old urban poor who lives on the fringes of Agbogbloshie, Ghana. He uses his bare hands and stones to break apart e-waste for the precious metals inside, exposing himself to heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic. Worldwide, 73 million children between 5 and 17 years are in hazardous child labour, according to the ILO. © 2020 Muntaka Chasant
Human suffering: Poor man carries a plastic sack on his head with liquid dripping from it. More than 700 million people worldwide live on less than $2 a day. © 2020 Muntaka Chasant
African cattle grazing: A herd of African beef cattle forages on an e-waste dumpsite at Agbogbloshie, an area renowned for its heavy metals pollution. Copyright © 2020 Muntaka Chasant
Sex worker in Accra. Copyright © 2020 Muntaka Chasant
Child labour image: A 15-year-old boy engaged in hazardous child labour is using his bare hands to dig into a mixture of dirt and small metals, including rusty nails. He is sifting dirt from the metals before selling them at $0.15 per kilo at Agbogbloshie, Ghana. An estimated 73 million children worldwide aged 5-17 works are in dangerous working conditions, according to ILO statistics. © 2020 Muntaka Chasant
Urban Poverty: Poor Woman Crying Photo in Accra, Ghana. Around 55% of women in Ghana are in informal employment in urban areas. More than 46% of women in Ghana did not attend school because their families did not allow schooling, according to a 2016 report by the Ghana Statistical Services. © 2020 Muntaka Chasant
Fish smoking in Ghana: A woman uses metal drum kilns to smoke tuna fish in Accra, Ghana. Using traditional kilns to smoke fish exposes fish smokers to substances such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), fine particles, and carbon monoxide. PAHs are known carcinogens and have been linked to skin, lung, and several other cancers. Copyright © 2020 Muntaka Chasant
Man Smiling Photo: Poor hard-working African man smiling at the camera. © 2019 Muntaka Chasant
Youth boxing in Ghana: Charles Quartey, a Ghanian former amateur boxer, trains young people from low-income communities in Accra to fight. Copyright © 2020 Muntaka Chasant
Informal CRT TV recycling: Man is using a rock to break apart an old CRT TV to reclaim the iron materials inside at Agbogbloshie, Ghana. © 2020 Muntaka Chasant
Nzulezo artisan, son, and father during tough times. Copyright © 2020 Muntaka Chasant
Fishing in Ghana: Frustrated urban poor man gets ready to cast his fishing net over the heavily polluted Korle Lagoon. Copyright © 2020 Muntaka Chasant
A 76 years old urban poor fisherman work through early evening hours. Copyright © 2020 Muntaka Chasant
African man working and smoking photo. Thousands of young people with no education flee rural hunger and poverty to cities in search of economic opportunities every year in Ghana. Many end up in urban slums, where they lack basic sanitation and other essential services such as safe water and healthcare. Over 40% of people between 15 – 35 in Ghana have no education, according to a Ghana Statistical Services report. © 2019 Muntaka Chasant
Charles Quartey, 45 years, is a Ghanaian former amateur boxer. He was also in the Ghana military from 1995 to 2002. Copyright © 2020 Muntaka Chasant
Fisheries and climate change: A poor fisherman gets ready to cast his net — once again — over the Amisa Lagoon in Ghana after repeated attempts without a single catch. Ocean warming is altering marine fish productivity and distribution. This has increased the incidence of poverty among small-scale fishers in Ghana. Copyright © 2020 Muntaka Chasant
Finding Aluminium

Finding Aluminium (A Doc. Film)

Ongoing: Snakebite Survivors

Ongoing: Snakebite Survivors

Ongoing: Snakebite Survivors

Ongoing: Snakebite Survivors

Coming soon: Wetlands and People

Coming Soon: Wetlands and People

Ongoing: Snakebite Survivors

Ongoing: Snakebite Survivors

Coming soon: Urban Mining

Coming soon: Urban Mining

Consequences of Child Labour

Consequences of Child Labour

Ongoing Project: Wildlife and Changing Habitats

Ongoing Project: Wildlife and Changing Habitats

Ongoing: Changing Habitats

Ongoing: Changing Habitats

Ongoing: A Boxing Ethnography

Ongoing: A Boxing Ethnography

Ongoing: A Boxing Ethnography

Ongoing: A Boxing Ethnography

Coming soon: Wetlands and People (A Project)

Coming soon: Wetlands and People

Coming Soon: Wetlands and People (A Long-Term Project)

Coming Soon: Wetlands and People (A Long-Term Project)

Africa's Urban Poor: Dandora, Kenya

Africa’s Urban Poor: Dandora, Kenya

Ongoing: A Boxing Ethnography

Ongoing: A Boxing Ethnography

Ongoing: Hazardous Child Labour

Ongoing: Hazardous Child Labour

Spatial Injustice

Spatial Injustice

Coming Soon: Changing Landscapes (Estuarine Ecology)

Coming Soon: Changing Landscapes (Estuarine Ecology)

Forest Fringe Communities & COVID-19

Forest Fringe Communities & COVID-19

Risky Livelihoods

Risky Livelihoods

Illegal Gold Mining "Galamsey" Pollutes River Ankobrah, Ghana

Illegal Gold Mining “Galamsey” Pollutes Ankobrah, Ghana

Fisheries & Climate Change

Fisheries & Climate Change

Coming soon: Wetlands and People (A Project)

Coming soon: Wetlands and People

Coming Soon: Changing Landscapes

Coming Soon: Changing Landscapes

Coming Soon: Changing Landscapes

Coming Soon: Changing Landscapes

Coming Soon: Changing Landscapes (Estuarine Ecology)

Coming Soon: Changing Landscapes (Estuarine Ecology)

Rural Women in Poverty

Rural Women in Poverty

Child labour image: A 15-year-old boy engaged in hazardous child labour is using his bare hands to dig into a mixture of dirt and small metals, including rusty nails. He is sifting dirt from the metals before selling them at $0.15 per kilo at Agbogbloshie, Ghana. An estimated 73 million children worldwide aged 5-17 works are in dangerous working conditions, according to ILO statistics. © 2020 Muntaka Chasant

Hazardous Child Labour

Coming Soon: Changing Landscapes

Coming Soon: Changing Landscapes

Young Women At The Front Lines of Urban Poverty

Young Women At The Front Lines of Urban Poverty

Polluted Urban Landscapes

Polluted Urban Landscapes

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS (2020)

People

Pain and Struggle

As they watch us struggle with the pain of losing… Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope — Joan Chittister Cities are juxtaposition of wealth and poverty. A photograph depicting a young man pushing it hard as he struggles to survive in a harsh urban environment amid scarcity and deprivation.

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