This compelling report investigates the dirty secret our governments would like to keep hidden from us: their insidious use of developing countries as a dumping ground for our toxic e-waste.
Environmental journalist Mike Anane has been investigating the effects of electronic waste in Ghana and to him the result is unequivocal: "total devastation", from stunted growth of children to cancer and chronic conditions. 500 container-loads of electronic waste arrive every month, often falsely declared as second-hand goods to overcome the problem of it being illegal to ship toxic e-waste without a permit. "They have no moral right to allow their waste to come in here", the director of Ghana's Environmental Agency says. The UN is moving slowly closer to banning toxic waste exports, yet for the local Ghanaians the nightmare will take generations to overcome.