Photo: Andrew Biraj/Reuters
You can see that the child in the photo is gleefully jumping from a pile
of scrap leather goods in this poignant photograph by Andrew Biraj, taken
in a tannery in Dhaka, Bangladesh. But I feel only sadness that a child
has to grow up in such deplorable conditions.
A child jumps on the waste products that are used to make poultry feed
as she plays in a tannery at Hazaribagh in Dhaka October 9, 2012. Luxury
leather goods sold across the world are produced in a slum area of Bangladesh’s
capital where workers, including children, are exposed to hazardous
chemicals and often injured in horrific accidents, according to a study
released on Tuesday. None of the tanneries packed cheek by jowl into
Dhaka’s Hazaribagh neighbourhood treat their waste water, which contains
animal flesh, sulphuric acid, chromium and lead, leaving it to spew
into open gutters and eventually the city’s main river.