While getting news when we can from Accra's terrible flood and fires of the past 24 hours, I'm uploading photos through National Geographic. 175 dead, we pray for the families and friends of our friends in Ghana. We are connected.
Here are 15 Photos from our Agbogbloshie trip which try to connect the dots of the "ewaste" story... the villages young men leave for the "big city". The Tech Sector which imports used electronics, connecting us, creating sustainable jobs. The cities which eventually upgrade and produce overflow "e-waste". And the young men who break motors and burn wires to pay rent in the city.
This is a Slide Show with 15 of the best photos from the trip to Ghana. Need at least 15 more, to cover the trip to Tema for example, to the shopping malls, and to the homes (and children) of the technicians who hosted me.
If you want to read more, go here. Two more reporters confirm the "Millions of Tons" Hoax.
This place I'm standing on is now under water. While I was there, they told me it would be under water in another month or two. It's a flood plain. It happens every year.
These floods happen every year in Ghana: what's news is the gas station explosion, and the government's seeming inability to plan for it. This is the story of why we now know things like that... because we are connected in ways we couldn't imagine 15 years ago.
And how would we know about these floods, how good or how bad, without the connections made between us by these Geeks of Color? And how would we have known that the Ghana government got $795,000,000 in March 2012 to fix this drainage problem, without the internet created by these fixer tinkerer technicians?
And just to preserve a deleted thread at Slashdot yesterday... we can connect more dots in the Charitable Industrial Complex and its anonymous victims.
An anonymous reader writes:
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