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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 repeat 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 Thriving Wetland

A Thriving Wetland

Zebra With A Hump, Tanzania

Zebra With A Hump, Tanzania

Rwandan Genocide

Rwandan Genocide

Receding Landscapes

Receding Landscapes

Estuarine Ecology

Estuarine Ecology

Young Women At The Front Lines of Urban Poverty

Young Women At The Front Lines of Urban Poverty

Hazardous Child Labour

Hazardous Child Labour

Forest Fringe Communities & COVID-19

Forest Fringe Communities & COVID-19

Polluted Urban Landscape

Polluted Urban Landscape

Fisheries and Climate Change

Fisheries and Climate Change

Plastic Pollution and Urban Poverty

Plastic Pollution and Urban Poverty

Estuarine Ecology

Estuarine Ecology

Urban Landscapes

Urban Landscapes

Climate Change & Rural Youth

Climate Change & Rural Youth

Hazardous Child Labour

Hazardous Child Labour

Endangered Wetlands

Endangered Wetlands

Rural Transportation

Rural Transportation

Urban Mining

Urban Mining

Frustrated Urban Fisherman

Frustrated Urban Fisherman

Urban Struggle

Urban Struggle

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS (2020)

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