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Heshan - A Poisonous Legacy - 23 June 2014 - Sort by:
Heshan - A Poisonous Legacy - 23 June 2014
rom the 1950s, mines and chemical plants mushroomed in the area around Heshan which is rich in realgar, or arsenic disulphide. They were shut down in 2011 due to the pollution they caused but dust and runoff from arsenic plagues Heshan to this day. In 2010, 157 villagers from Heshan, with a population of about 1,500, had died of cancer caused by arsenic poisoning in the previous two decades, and another 190 had developed cancer due to arsenic poisoning, the villagers wrote in a letter to the local government, seen by Reuters, seeking compensation and aid.
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A villager washes clothes in a river in Heshan village,... more
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A villager washes clothes in a river in Heshan village, Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 4, 2014. From the 1950s, mines and chemical plants mushroomed in the area around Heshan which is rich in realgar, or arsenic disulphide. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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Sixty-one-year-old villager Xiong Dejun walks towards... more
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Gong Zhaoyuan, 69, who was diagnosed with skin cancer,... more
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Gong Zhaoyuan, 69, shows a medical certificate from... more
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Gong Zhaoyuan, 69, who has been diagnosed with skin... more
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Skin ulcers are seen on 69-year-old Gong Zhaoyuan's... more
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Wen Jin'e, 65, shows a scar, the legacy of an operation... more
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Gong Zhaoyuan (C), 69, who suffers from skin cancer... more
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A portrait of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong is seen... more
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Qin Zhengyu, 78, shows moles and tumours on her back... more
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Qin Zhengyu, 78, who suffers from skin cancer, shows... more
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Wu Qiongyao shows the skin ointments which her husband... more
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Wu Yangkui, puts a portrait of her late husband, who... more
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Wu Yangkui, whose husband died from skin and lung cancer,... more
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A bird perches on a line at a closed realgar mining... more
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Water pipes are seen in a room at a closed realgar... more
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A sealed mine entrance is seen at a closed realgar... more
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The damaged walls of a cistern are seen at a closed... more
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Two disused tanks are seen at a closed realgar mining... more
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A dog sleeps in front of Wen Jin'e and Xiong Demin's... more
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Medicines used by 71-year-old Xiong Demin are gathered... more
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Qin Wenji, 82, who suffers from skin cancer, watches... more
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Xiong Demin, 71, who suffers from lung cancer, has... more
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A woman walks past a tomb at Heshan village in Shimen... more
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Damaged cowpea seedlings grow in a field at Heshan... more
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A scarecrow stands in a field at Heshan village in... more
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