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Climate change bangladesh 02
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
30 Oct 2014

Waste chemicals and oil from factories are disposed of in the canals, polluting the river and the soil. Industrial processes are not only a factor in climate change, but also produce toxic waste that threatens Dhaka's natural resources.

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Climate change bangladesh 03
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
30 Oct 2014

A boy poses before a patch of cracked dry earth. Bangladesh has been particularly affected by climate change, where unpredictable heat waves and rainy seasons make life difficult for its people.

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Mae toen 03
Mae Toen, Thailand
By Ana Salvá
13 Aug 2014

Mae Toen is close to a fluoride mine that has contaminated the water of the village. Despite the mine's closure 40 years ago, the area has become a polluted artificial lake, where water overflows during the rainy season. "The problem we have is that in Mae Toen, the groundwater is used for eating and cooking, and this is contaminated by with fluoride," says Dr. Chatpat Kongpun, who works at the Ministry of Public Health Thailand.

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Kill Me Quick (1 of 11)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Celeste Hibbert
23 Feb 2013

Joyce started drinking when her husband left in 1992. "I have no job, no husband; my children look up to me and I have nothing to offer them. Changaa doesn't taste very nice, but it does help reduce stress. I drink every day - morning, afternoon and evening. I don't have money to buy it, so I follow a man into a bar and he will share his drink with me. Some women sleep with men for a drink worth 50 ksh...."

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Kill Me Quick (3 of 11)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Celeste Hibbert
23 Feb 2013

"Even if you switch off the light, you continue drinking," says non-drinker Michel referring to blindness caused by Changaa. "it is a bad, bad drink which makes people ill and brings down Kenyan society."

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Kill Me Quick (2 of 11)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Celeste Hibbert
23 Feb 2013

Young boys drink Changaa at 10am on a Saturday morning in Mathare.

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Kill Me Quick (4 of 11)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Celeste Hibbert
23 Feb 2013

A young boy walks through a sewage-ridden river where Changaa is brewed.

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Kill Me Quick (8 of 11)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Celeste Hibbert
23 Feb 2013

"Employment is a hazard," said drunken local brewer Douglous. "I was a welder, but I have no capital to buy a machine so I lift wood for the brewers. It is easy work and I can drink. Changaa is good, but not for the ladies; my wife left me because she said I drank too much...."

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Kill Me Quick (7 of 11)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Celeste Hibbert
23 Feb 2013

"I have no work, no home, so I drink Changaa to warm me up at night. And to relieve my stress during the day," said regular drinker Sammy. He drinks all day, and night, until he passed out in a shack next to where the drink is brewed. He is a "taster" which means the local brewers give him free drink to ensure it is fermented properly. A "taster" will experience the strongest version of Changaa because it is direct from the barrel. "I cant move my legs, they are so swollen, but what else is there to live for but drinking? I have nothing else," he added.

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Kill Me Quick (11 of 11)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Celeste Hibbert
23 Feb 2013

"I am a taster," says local brewer Japhet. A taster is someone who just tastes the alcohol to ensure it has distilled correctly. He makes 18 litres per day and works from 4am - 9pm for just 500ksh (5.7 usd). "The drink is good. People like it, and I like it because it pays me good money," he adds

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Kill Me Quick (10 of 11)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Celeste Hibbert
23 Feb 2013

Shahrukh Hussain started drinking Changaa when he was stabbed in the eye. He was assaulted by young boys "high" on the drink when they stole 3,000 ksh (34 usd) from him. The other eye became septic and he lost all vision. "I had no eyes, no job, no shelter - what else was I to do, but drink?" he said.

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Kill Me Quick (9 of 11)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Celeste Hibbert
23 Feb 2013

Shahrukh Hussain started drinking Changaa when he was stabbed in the eye. "I stopped Changaa three months ago because it made me worse: I have a stomach ulcer and swollen feet. Changaa is so dangerous because kids rob and hurt people when they are drunk – they take advantage,” he said.

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KILL ME QUICK
Nairobi, Kenya
By Mais Istanbuli
23 Feb 2013

Changaa, meaning "Kill Me Quick", is a potent drink made and sold in slums throughout Nairobi, Kenya.
The potent drink is a concoction of jet fuel and embalming fluid both proven to be deadly ingredients resulting in the death of 130 people and blinding 20.

Understandably, the ingredients would be considered hard to come by but are purchased at Nairobi’s industrial hub and at 2 fully serviced airports. The jet fuel and embalming fluid speed up the fermentation process in order to shift more stock at a faster rate.

The operation is rumoured to be run by the much feared ‘Mungiki gang’ as well as by Kenyan and Indian businessmen whom never enter the slums but introduce the deadly drink with “runners”.

Slum dwellers opt for the drink as it is the cheaper alternative, a shot is sold for as little as one cent. The cheap high is consumed predominantly by young girls (as seen in the images) as well as men and children. Police turn a blind eye to the practice via bribes and are often seen harassing brewers that have not paid up.

Nairobi locals resent the consumption of “Kill Me Quick” in the slums yet have sympathy for those that need escapism from their day to day lives by this cheap high. They also believe that it offers new trade, employment and livelihoods to those that brew and sell it. Seeing people passed out on the street has now become an accepted daily part of their lives.

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Kill Me Quick (9 of 10)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Celeste Hibbert
27 Jan 2013

A gang of girls are still drunk and incoherent at 10am on a Sunday morning.

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Kill Me Quick (8 of 10)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Celeste Hibbert
27 Jan 2013

A common occurance in Mathare slum: lying semi-conscious in the middle of the street due to a heavy Changaa drinking session.

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Kill Me Quick (4 of 10)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Celeste Hibbert
27 Jan 2013

Jet fuel and embalming fluid are often used to speed up the fermentation process. This can cause blindness, or death.

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Kill Me Quick (10 of 10)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Celeste Hibbert
27 Jan 2013

A changaa brewer in Mathare slum explains how one shot is enough for a lasting high.

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Kill Me Quick (7 of 10)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Celeste Hibbert
27 Jan 2013

Chanagaa only costs 5ksh (0.01 USD) per "shot" . Because the drink is clear, drinkers think it is clean.

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Kill Me Quick (6 of 10)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Celeste Hibbert
27 Jan 2013

Changaa is often brewed in rivers contaminated with sewage. In Mathare slum, rich Kenyans and Indian businessmen invest in its production, but never come into the slum. They just collect the money through "runners".

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KILL ME QUICK .
Nairobi, Kenya
By Mais Istanbuli
26 Jan 2013

Changaa, meaning "Kill Me Quick", is a potent drink made and sold in slums throughout Nairobi, Kenya.
The potent drink is a concoction of jet fuel and embalming fluid both proven to be deadly ingredients resulting in the death of 130 people and blinding 20.

Understandably, the ingredients would be considered hard to come by but are purchased at Nairobi’s industrial hub and at 2 fully serviced airports. The jet fuel and embalming fluid speed up the fermentation process in order to shift more stock at a faster rate.

The operation is rumoured to be run by the much feared ‘Mungiki gang’ as well as by Kenyan and Indian businessmen whom never enter the slums but introduce the deadly drink with “runners”.

Slum dwellers opt for the drink as it is the cheaper alternative, a shot is sold for as little as one cent. The cheap high is consumed predominantly by young girls (as seen in the images) as well as men and children. Police turn a blind eye to the practice via bribes and are often seen harassing brewers that have not paid up.

Nairobi locals resent the consumption of “Kill Me Quick” in the slums yet have sympathy for those that need escapism from their day to day lives by this cheap high. They also believe that it offers new trade, employment and livelihoods to those that brew and sell it. Seeing people passed out on the street has now become an accepted daily part of their lives.

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Ilva Taranto, Italy: steel industry, ...
Taranto, south Italy
By Giuseppe Carucci Lightouch International.Inc
26 Jul 2012

Large workers' protest Ilva, against closing decision issued by the judiciary for environmental disaster.

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Ilva Taranto, Italy: steel industry, ...
Taranto, south Italy
By Giuseppe Carucci Lightouch International.Inc
26 Jul 2012

Large workers' protest Ilva, against closing decision issued by the judiciary for environmental disaster.

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Bhopal Special Olympics
Bhopal, India
By shuriahn
26 Jul 2012

Five organizations of the survivors of the Bhopa gas disaster today jointly organized "Bhopal Special Olympics", a day ahead of the London Olympics, in protest agains the sponsorship of London Olympics by Dow Chemicals, the present owners of Union Carbide Ltd.

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Bhopal Special Olympics
Bhopal, India
By shuriahn
25 Jul 2012

Five organizations of the survivors of the Bhopa gas disaster today jointly organized "Bhopal Special Olympics", a day ahead of the London Olympics, in protest agains the sponsorship of London Olympics by Dow Chemicals, the present owners of Union Carbide Ltd.

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Ilva Taranto, Italy: steel industry, ...
Taranto, south Italy
By Giuseppe Carucci Lightouch International.Inc
25 Jul 2012

Large workers' protest Ilva, against closing decision issued by the judiciary for environmental disaster.

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Kill Me Quick (5 of 10)
Nairobi, Kenya
By Celeste Hibbert
01 Jun 2012

Brewing Changaa is a source of liveihood for many people in Kibera slum - women, children and families all play a part.