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Agbogbloshi, Ghana

From series “Top 14 Most Polluted Cities of the Planet”
One of the polluted cities of the world is Agbogbloshi. It is incredibly dangerous to live in this city. It was not always the case, however, that the ecology of one of the largest cities in Ghana had spoiled itself in just a few years, when the garbage heap of electronics was organized in the muddy semi-desert terrain. This is where the largest developed countries produce millions of tonnes of 'digital' waste each year. At present, the landfill at Agbogbloshi is the largest landfill on the planet.

Agbogbloshi, Ghana The loading of the waste to the landfill has been prohibited for a short time, but this does not disrupt a number of countries. For several years the containers from Japan, USA and Great Britain have been delivered to the landfill daily. Today the area of ​​the rubbish heap is about 4 acres. The population of the city, which was once an ecological point of view, is today about 40 thousand people. For some locals, the landfill literally serves as a main resource - here, children and young people work underneath the mountains of electronic waste.

Every day they come to the landfill and read the waste in search of non-ferrous metals. The reward for 12 hours of work is very modest and does not make more than 6 USD. In the search for copper and the integrated microchips, the children have to burn the electronic waste. The number of toxins released into the air is simply terrible. The stinging smoke adds irreparable harm to human health. Its influence on the functions of nervous and sex systems is irreparable. A few years ago the ecologists offered the new way of fighting against further air pollution. They think the Karle Lagoon, on the coast of which the landfill is located, is to be flooded. Next - Dzerzhinsk


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Top destination around Agbogbloshi - Accra

The Aburi Botanical Gardens is an important natural attraction in Ghana. It is situated in the southern part of the country. The distance to Accra is not big, approximately 30 kilometers to the north-east. This prominent garden is home to different species of plants. There are several hundreds of them in total. Scientists collected rare plants across the African continent. A dense tropical forest surrounds the natural attraction. Because of this fact, visitors can often see wild animals that visit the garden from time to time.

In the evening, consider visiting the beautiful Osu Castle (previously known as Fort Christiansborg). A visit to the old part of the city at this time of the day will be a truly unforgettable experience. You will see how quarters that look lifeless in the daytime come alive. Numerous garlands illuminate beautiful buildings and neon signs invite visitors in. The entertainment district comes alive, and vibrant nightlife doesn’t stop until the dawn.
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