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Japan's mercury-poison victims fight to be heard
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20 Sep. 2017
Shinobu Sakamoto was just 15 when she left her home... more
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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
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2 Mar. 2017
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2 Mar. 2017
Ana Alvarez gives her son Anthony a spoonful of marijuana... more
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14 Nov. 2016
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9 Nov. 2016
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9 Nov. 2016
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10 Oct. 2016
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20 Sep. 2016
Hanjin's collapse and the resulting chaos in the global... more
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20 Sep. 2016
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15 Sep. 2016
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19 Aug. 2016
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11 Aug. 2016
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27 Jun. 2016
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11 Jun. 2016
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11 Jun. 2016
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11 Jun. 2016
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11 Jun. 2016
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7 Jun. 2016
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5 May. 2016
Marta Ruiz, who was diagnosed with clinical symptoms... more
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5 May. 2016
Marta Ruiz, who was diagnosed with clinical symptoms... more
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5 May. 2016
Marta Ruiz, who was diagnosed with clinical symptoms... more
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5 May. 2016
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5 May. 2016
22-days-old Ithan Davila, who was born healthy lies... more
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5 May. 2016
Marta Ruiz, who was diagnosed with clinical symptoms... more
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5 May. 2016
Marta Ruiz, who was diagnosed with clinical symptoms... more
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27 Apr. 2016
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30 Mar. 2016
Therapist Rozely Fontoura holds Juan Pedro, who has... more
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30 Mar. 2016
Daniele Santos (R) holds her baby Juan Pedro, who has... more
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30 Mar. 2016
Daniele Santos is reflected in a mirror while she jokes... more
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30 Mar. 2016
Daniele Santos (L) holds her baby Juan Pedro, who has... more
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30 Mar. 2016
Therapist Rozely Fontoura (L) teaches Daniele Santos... more
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30 Mar. 2016
Therapist Rozely Fontoura (R) teaches Daniele Santos... more
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30 Mar. 2016
Daniele Santos holds her baby Juan Pedro, who has microcephaly,... more
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30 Mar. 2016
Therapist Rozely Fontoura (L) teaches Daniele Santos... more
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27 Feb. 2016
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27 Feb. 2016
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27 Feb. 2016
Ambulances are parked outside the emergency room entrance... more
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25 Feb. 2016
A boy looks out of his classroom near a poster informing... more
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25 Feb. 2016
Kindergarten children look at posters informing them... more
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11 Feb. 2016
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11 Feb. 2016
People help a woman who fainted while standing with... more
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9 Feb. 2016
A government poster campaign informing about Zika virus... more
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5 Feb. 2016
A journalist (C) talks with the President of Oswaldo... more
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5 Feb. 2016
President of Oswaldo Cruz Foundation Paulo Gadelha... more
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5 Feb. 2016
The President of Oswaldo Cruz Foundation Paulo Gadelha... more
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5 Feb. 2016
Researcher Myrna Bonaldo (R), the President of Oswaldo... more
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5 Feb. 2016
Researcher Myrna Bonaldo attends a news conference... more
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5 Feb. 2016
Researcher Myrna Bonaldo (R), and the President of... more
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5 Feb. 2016
The researcher Myrna Bonaldo (R), the President of... more
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2 Feb. 2016
Germana Soares puts socks on her 2 month old son Guilherme... more
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2 Feb. 2016
Guilherme Soares Amorim, 2 months, who was born with... more
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2 Feb. 2016
Photographs can be seen at the house of Germana Soares,... more
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2 Feb. 2016
Guilherme Soares Amorim, 2 months, who was born with... more
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2 Feb. 2016
Glecion Fernando holds his 2 month old son Guilherme... more
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2 Feb. 2016
Germana Soares holds her 2 month old son Guilherme... more
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29 Jan. 2016
A government campaign poster informing about Zika virus... more
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29 Jan. 2016
A pregnant woman reads a government campaign poster... more
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29 Jan. 2016
A government poster campaign informing about Zika virus... more
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29 Jan. 2016
A government poster campaign informing about Zika virus... more
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28 Jan. 2016
A government campaign poster informing about Zika virus... more
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