The Digital Divide

May 25, 2011

By Conor Risch

The Agbobloshie Market in Accra, Ghana, is one of many places where toxic electronic waste is illegally “recycled.” There, poor children and teenagers eke out a living by smashing and burning unwanted computers shipped to Accra from the United States and Europe, extracting scraps of copper, aluminum and other metals, which they then resell. The dump is littered with the...

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