Slaves of Hazaribagh
Hazaribagh is an area of Dhaka city, the capital of Bangladesh, and is known for its tannery industry and large leather processing zone. Up to 95% of the registered tanneries in Bangladesh are located in and around Hazaribagh. Currently, more than 2000 tanneries operate here, employing between 8.000 and 15.000 people.
In 2013, the Zurich-based Green Cross Switzerland and the New York-based Blacksmith Institute published a report on the most polluted places in the world. The report “The Top Ten Toxic Threats, Clean Up, Progress and Ongoing Challenges”, puts Hazaribagh at number five. Most of the 185.000 people living in this area work in the factories and tanneries. They are forced to live in highly polluted environments. A lot of children and teenagers also work in the factories.
Photo Shows: Most of the tanneries here use outdated processing methods and dump 22.000 cubic liters of toxic waste every day, including the cancer-causing toxin hexavalent chromium, into Dhaka’s main river. Residents face elevated rates of skin and respiratory diseases, as well as acid burns, rashes, dizziness and nausea
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