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JAPAN-MINAMATA/VICTIMS
RTX3H7YG
20 Sep. 2017
Shinobu Sakamoto was just 15 when she left her home... more
JAPAN-MINAMATA/VICTIMS
RTX3H7YG
20 Sep. 2017
Minamata, Japan
Shinobu Sakamoto was just 15 when she left her home in the southern Japanese fishing village of Minamata to go to Stockholm and tell the world of the horrors of mercury poisoning. Forty-five years on, she is travelling again, this time to Geneva, to attend from Sunday a gathering of signatories to the first global pact to rein in mercury pollution. Sakamoto is one of a shrinking group of survivors from a 1950s industrial disaster in which tens of thousands of people were poisoned after waste water from a chemical plant seeped into the Minamata bay. The waste contained a toxic organic compound, methylmercury, which can cause severe damage to the brain and nervous system, leading to a condition called Minamata disease. It gives its name to the U.N.-backed treaty that took effect last month. Symptoms worsen with age, leaving some victims grappling with the question of who will care for them after the death of siblings and parents, while others face legal disputes. "If I don't say something, no one will know about Minamata disease," said Sakamoto, who is one of the few born with the disease who is still able to talk. "There are still so many problems, and I want people to know." REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "MINAMATA VICTIMS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: JAPAN-MINAMATA/VICTIMS
Wider Image
Wider Image
Brazilians toil for gold in illegal Amazon mines
40 PICTURES
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/MINING
RTX3G8HD
14 Sep. 2017
Informal mining in Brazil is seen by many as a scourge... more
In the Headlines
In the Headlines
Food poisoning outbreak at Iraqi camp
12 PICTURES
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-MOSUL
RTS16V2Z
13 Jun. 2017
Displaced Iraqi people are treated in a field hospital... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-MOSUL
RTS16V2Q
13 Jun. 2017
A doctor treats a baby in a field hospital at the Hasansham... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-MOSUL
RTS16V23
13 Jun. 2017
Displaced Iraqi people are treated in a field hospital... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-MOSUL
RTS16V22
13 Jun. 2017
Doctors treat displaced Iraqi people in a field hospital... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-MOSUL
RTS16V21
13 Jun. 2017
Displaced Iraqi people are treated in a field hospital... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-MOSUL
RTS16V1F
13 Jun. 2017
Displaced Iraqi people are treated in a field hospital... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-MOSUL
RTS16V1D
13 Jun. 2017
A displaced Iraqi woman gathers her laundry at the... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-MOSUL
RTS16V1B
13 Jun. 2017
Ambulances are parked at the Hasansham U2 camp where... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-MOSUL
RTS16V04
13 Jun. 2017
A displaced Iraqi girl is treated in a field hospital... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-MOSUL
RTS16UZZ
13 Jun. 2017
A displaced Iraqi girl is treated in a field hospital... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-MOSUL
RTS16UZK
13 Jun. 2017
A displaced Iraqi boy is seen in a field hospital at... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-MOSUL
RTS16UZF
13 Jun. 2017
Displaced Iraqi people who fell ill in a mass outbreak... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-MOSUL
RTS16UZE
13 Jun. 2017
An ambulance is seen at the Hasansham U2 camp where... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-MOSUL
RTS16UYI
13 Jun. 2017
Displaced Iraqi people who fell ill in a mass outbreak... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-MOSUL
RTS16UY6
13 Jun. 2017
A displaced Iraqi boy who fell ill in a mass outbreak... more
TURKEY-REFERENDUM/VOTERS
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12 Apr. 2017
Fisherman Cengiz Topcu, 57, who says he will vote 'No'... more
MYANMAR-ROHINGYA/MOTHERS
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20 Mar. 2017
Scared, hungry and beaten badly, Rohingya women fleeing... more
NORTHKOREA-MALAYSIA/KIM C
RTSZK91
21 Feb. 2017
A look at how King Jong Nam, the estranged brother... more
NORTHKOREA-MALAYSIA/KIM C
RTSZK91
21 Feb. 2017
A look at how King Jong Nam, the estranged brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was assaulted and poisoned in Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb. 13.
USA-LEAD/TESTING
RTX2VNS8
19 Dec. 2016
Ed Brown Jr., 2, who has lead poisoning poses for a... more
USA-LEAD/TESTING
RTX2VNS5
19 Dec. 2016
Brandon who was hospitalized for severe lead poisoning... more
USA-LEAD/TESTING
RTX2VNS4
19 Dec. 2016
Brandon who was hospitalized for severe lead poisoning... more
USA-LEAD/TESTING
RTX2VNS2
19 Dec. 2016
Milwaukee Commissioner of Health Bevan Baker speaks... more
USA-LEAD/TESTING
RTX2VNPQ
19 Dec. 2016
The Doe Run Company's Resource Recycling Facility is... more
USA-LEAD/TESTING
RTX2VNPG
19 Dec. 2016
Victoria Marshall watches as her two-year-old son Ed... more
USA-LEAD/TESTING
RTX2VNPD
19 Dec. 2016
Didi whose son Brandon was hospitalized for severe... more
USA-LEAD/TESTING
RTX2VNOQ
19 Dec. 2016
Lance Mayfield, businessman and former mine employee,... more
Spotlight
Spotlight
Braving the Dead Sea
15 PICTURES
INDIA-KASHMIR/
RTX2S08Y
5 Nov. 2016
People sit around the body of Qaiser Sofi, a 16-year... more
INDIA-KASHMIR/
RTX2S08X
5 Nov. 2016
People carrying the body of Qaiser Sofi, a 16-year... more
INDIA-KASHMIR/
RTX2S08W
5 Nov. 2016
People carrying the body of Qaiser Sofi, a 16-year... more
INDONESIA-POISON/
RTX2QOYX
27 Oct. 2016
Jessica Kumala Wongso (C), who is accused of murdering... more
INDONESIA-POISON/
RTX2QOXF
27 Oct. 2016
Jessica Kumala Wongso, who is accused of murdering... more
INDONESIA-POISON/
RTX2QORY
27 Oct. 2016
Jessica Kumala Wongso, who is accused of murdering... more
INDONESIA-POISON/
RTX2QORT
27 Oct. 2016
Jessica Kumala Wongso, who is accused of murdering... more
FILM-COMICCON/NEWYORK
RTSR2X0
6 Oct. 2016
Chloe Cofresi, dressed as Poison Ivy, poses outside... more
FILM-COMICCON/NEWYORK
RTSR2WC
6 Oct. 2016
A man takes a selfie with David Gonzalez, dressed as... more
INDONESIA-AUSTRALIA/POISON
RTSQW0X
5 Oct. 2016
Jessica Kumala Wongso, who is accused of poisoning... more
INDONESIA-AUSTRALIA/POISON
RTSQW0W
5 Oct. 2016
Jessica Kumala Wongso (C), who is accused of poisoning... more
USA-POLLUTION/ C
RTSPTTL
28 Sep. 2016
Flawed CDC report may have left hundreds of children... more
USA-POLLUTION/ C
RTSPTTK
28 Sep. 2016
Flawed CDC report may have left hundreds of children... more
WILDLIFE-CITES/AFRICA-ELEPHANTS
RTSOFK3
19 Sep. 2016
A bird flies near the carcass of an elephant, which... more
CHINA-RIGHTS/TEXTBOOK
RTSNCPL
12 Sep. 2016
Qiu Bai, a Chinese student who lodged a suit against... more
NIGERIA-AGRICULTURE/
RTX2OH5N
7 Sep. 2016
National Biosafety Management Agency(NBMA) D-G Rufus... more
NIGERIA-AGRICULTURE/
RTX2OH5L
7 Sep. 2016
National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) D-G Rufus... more
NIGERIA-AGRICULTURE/
RTX2OH5F
7 Sep. 2016
National Biosafety Management Agency(NBMA) D-G Rufus... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-QAYYARA
RTX2NNC8
30 Aug. 2016
A boy stands near oil spill from wells, set ablaze... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-QAYYARA
RTX2NNC7
30 Aug. 2016
Residents look at oil spill from wells, set ablaze... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-QAYYARA
RTX2NNBM
30 Aug. 2016
Residents look at oil spill from wells, set ablaze... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-QAYYARA
RTX2NNB0
30 Aug. 2016
Residents look at oil spill from wells, set ablaze... more
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-QAYYARA
RTX2NNAZ
30 Aug. 2016
Residents look at oil spill from wells, set ablaze... more
HONGKONG-ECONOMY/SALES
RTX2NDVE
29 Aug. 2016
Snakes hang from a wooden cabinet marked with the Chinese... more
INDIA-RELIGION/
RTX2MZ4R
25 Aug. 2016
People look at an effigy of Putna, a female demon who... more
FORMOSA-PROTEST/
RTSMA81
10 Aug. 2016
Protesters hold placards during a protest calling for... more
PAKISTAN-DOGS/
RTSKZJO
4 Aug. 2016
A municipal worker uses a loader to remove the bodies... more
PAKISTAN-DOGS/
RTSKZJ4
4 Aug. 2016
Children react as they ride a bicycle past the carcasses... more
PAKISTAN-DOGS/
RTSKZJ3
4 Aug. 2016
A municipal worker unloads the bodies of stray dogs... more
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