EDITORIAL: Agbogbloshie: Portraits at the end of E-Waste: 20151218_Fortune_Ewaste_0225b

Agbogbloshie, Ghana | December 18, 2015Desmond, a teen from northern Ghana - who has lived in the Agbogbloshie dump site for 3 years - burns the plastic, rubber and metal off of manufactured parts made of copper. He plans to sell the resulting raw copper back to construction and mineral component wholesalers, which reintroduce the recycled copper back into the world market. The litter and debris from the burning fields remain on the scorched ground.Once a wetland suburb of Accra, Agbogbloshie is home to a vast dumping ground - once labeled the world's largest e-waste site - that covers an unstable swamp, the garbage and soot a carpet that sways with every step, sometimes swallowing new migrants who arrived hoping to make a slim income to feed themselves each day.

Agbogbloshie, Ghana | December 18, 2015

Desmond, a teen from northern Ghana - who has lived in the Agbogbloshie dump site for 3 years - burns the plastic, rubber and metal off of manufactured parts made of copper. He plans to sell the resulting raw copper back to construction and mineral component wholesalers, which reintroduce the recycled copper back into the world market.

The litter and debris from the burning fields remain on the scorched ground.

Once a wetland suburb of Accra, Agbogbloshie is home to a vast dumping ground - once labeled the world's largest e-waste site - that covers an unstable swamp, the garbage and soot a carpet that sways with every step, sometimes swallowing new migrants who arrived hoping to make a slim income to feed themselves each day.