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Workers at a shipbreaking site, Bangladesh

Ship graveyard

Special mention
Photographer: Kazi Golam Quddus Helal - Chittagong, Bangladesh

Shipbreaking work tends to concentrate in countries with low levels of occupational protection. One of the hazards of this occupation is asbestos: every year 90 000 people die from diseases related to asbestos. The workers as well as local population - including children - and the environment at large are at risk.

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