Almost all of Bangladesh’s 200-plus tanneries are concentrated in Hazaribagh, a densely populated, filthy neighborhood on the banks of the Buriganga River in southwestern Dhaka. Residents of Hazaribagh slums complain of illnesses such as fevers, skin diseases, respiratory problems, and diarrhea, caused by the extreme tannery pollution of air, water, and soil. Tanneries in the city's Hazaribagh area discharge some 21,600 square meters of liquid wastes every day. You can smell them long before you can see them: an unbearable stench like bad eggs, rotting fish and harsh ammonia. It’s almost impossible to walk through the tanneries without a scarf pressed to your nose. 
At almost $1 billion a year in sales, the leather industry is one of Bangladesh’s most profitable sectors. It exports leather all over, including Japan, Spain, China, South Korea, Italy, Germany, the U.S. and Canada.The lives of more than 20,000 tannery workers are still at risk. A World Health Organization report says most Hazaribagh’s tannery workers will die before they turn 50. After 60 years of tannery operations, no one knows what content of toxins have been poured into the river, only that it is incalculable and staggering. Chromium sulfate, lead, organohalogens, lime, hydrogen sulfide, sulfuric acid, formic acid, bleach, dyes and oils all flow into the river.
Exposicions
Del mie 3/5 al lun 22/5 de 2017
EASD
Valencia (Ciutat Vella)
Entrada libre

La Escuela de Arte y Superior de Diseño de Valencia inaugura la exposición fotográfica Cambia tus Zapatos: caminando hacia los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible, organizada por la ONGD SETEM-CV. El objetivo de la muestra es sensibilizar a los futuros profesionales de la moda y el diseño sobre las duras condiciones laborales y humanas que las personas trabajadoras de las fábricas de calzado y las curtidurías de Bangladesh tiene que soportar para poder desempeñar su trabajo. La muestra la componen 34 fotografías del fotógrafo documental bangladesí GMB, uno de los más influyentes de Asia. La exposición permanecerá abierta del 3 al 22 de mayo.

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