Contaminated Land
photo by Suvra Kanti Das

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A Bangladeshi tannery worker stand on the roof of a factory in the Hazaribag Area, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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A Bangladeshi tannery worker sleeps beside the raw animal hide at Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Bangladeshi workers process leather inside a factory at the highly polluted Hazaribagh tannery area on the banks of the River Buriganga in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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A Bangladeshi worker processes animal hides in the tannery at Hazaribagh, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The water they're wading in, without shifty materials, is laced with toxic compounds including arsenic and chromium sulfate. These chemicals make the leather soft and supple, but can cause cancer in humans, Hazaribagh tannery area, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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After processing workers hang lather for drying inside of a factory at the Hazaribagh tannery area in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Bangladeshi tannery worker Ismail, 22, stands in an area used for dump wastage lather product at Hazaribagh tannery area in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is one of many workers who suffer from serious skin conditions, believed to have been brought about by having contact with toxic waste water from tanneries.

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A Bangladeshi worker dumps wastage animal hides that have been discarded from tanneries in a open place at Hazaribagh tannery area in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Kids are playing where trash and toxic chemical filled canal which empties out into the Buriganga River at Hazaribagh, Dhaka, Bangladesh. It houses 95% of Bangladesh's leather tanneries, and every day they dump 30,000 cubic liters of toxic waste into the Buriganga River and key water supply.

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A man smoke cigarates in front of a wastage lather processing factory at Hazaribagh tannery area in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 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.

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A Bangladeshi child worker Alim,11, takes his bath inside of a tannery at Hazaribagh area, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 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.

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Children’s are posing for portrait with holing a broken doll at the highly polluted Hazaribagh tannery area on the banks of the River Buriganga in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Mohammad Habib, 90, takes rest after leather processing, at a factory at the Hazaribagh tannery area in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Habib has been working in Hazaribagh tanneries for 55 years, seeing the change in the area over the decades.

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Cluster of worms beside a tannery factory at Hazaribagh, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Because of the acidic environment, trees and plants are dying in Hazaribagh tannery area in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Tanneries in the city's Hazaribagh area discharge more than 30000 square meters of liquid waste every day. The tanneries discharge the effluents into the water system causing a large area of acid sludge.

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A woman stands in front of a pond full with toxic chemical and animal waste at Hazaribagh tannery area in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Tanneries in the city's Hazaribagh area discharge more than 30000 square meters of liquid waste every day.