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26 Nov. 2014
Qin Zhengyu, 78, shows moles and tumours on her back... more
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26 Nov. 2014
SHIMEN, China
Qin Zhengyu, 78, shows moles and tumours on her back in her home at Heshan village, in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, in this June 4, 2014 file photo.

Heshan is in an area rich in realgar, or arsenic disulphide, and is sometimes given the grim label 'cancer village'. Factories and mines sprang up to process this precious resource but they were shut down in 2011 because of the pollution they caused. Heshan residents say that many have died from cancer caused by arsenic poisoning.

I am no stranger to death and during my coverage of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, I was witness to huge-scale tragedy. But this was the first time I saw people who lived as though they had a sword hanging over their heads all the time the desperation and hopelessness were unimaginable. - Jason Lee
REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS HEALTH SOCIETY)

ATTENTION EDITORS: THIS PICTURE IS PART OF THE PACKAGE 'PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2014 - THE PHOTOGRAPHERS' STORY'. SEARCH 'PHOTOGRAPHERS' STORY' FOR ALL IMAGES'
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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23 Jun. 2014
Damaged cowpea seedlings grow in a field at Heshan... more
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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23 Jun. 2014
A scarecrow stands in a field at Heshan village in... more
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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23 Jun. 2014
A woman walks past a tomb at Heshan village in Shimen... more
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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23 Jun. 2014
Qin Wenji, 82, who suffers from skin cancer, watches... more
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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23 Jun. 2014
Xiong Demin, 71, who suffers from lung cancer, has... more
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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23 Jun. 2014
A dog sleeps in front of Wen Jin'e and Xiong Demin's... more
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23 Jun. 2014
Medicines used by 71-year-old Xiong Demin are gathered... more
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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23 Jun. 2014
Two disused tanks are seen at a closed realgar mining... more
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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23 Jun. 2014
The damaged walls of a cistern are seen at a closed... more
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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23 Jun. 2014
A sealed mine entrance is seen at a closed realgar... more
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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23 Jun. 2014
Water pipes are seen in a room at a closed realgar... more
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23 Jun. 2014
A bird perches on a line at a closed realgar mining... more
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23 Jun. 2014
Wu Yangkui, puts a portrait of her late husband, who... more
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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23 Jun. 2014
Wu Yangkui, whose husband died from skin and lung cancer,... more
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23 Jun. 2014
Wu Qiongyao shows the skin ointments which her husband... more
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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23 Jun. 2014
Qin Zhengyu, 78, who suffers from skin cancer, shows... more
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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23 Jun. 2014
Qin Zhengyu, 78, shows moles and tumours on her back... more
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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23 Jun. 2014
Gong Zhaoyuan (C), 69, who suffers from skin cancer... more
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23 Jun. 2014
A portrait of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong is seen... more
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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23 Jun. 2014
Wen Jin'e, 65, shows a scar, the legacy of an operation... more
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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23 Jun. 2014
Gong Zhaoyuan, 69, who has been diagnosed with skin... more
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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23 Jun. 2014
Skin ulcers are seen on 69-year-old Gong Zhaoyuan's... more
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23 Jun. 2014
Gong Zhaoyuan, 69, shows a medical certificate from... more
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23 Jun. 2014
Gong Zhaoyuan, 69, who was diagnosed with skin cancer,... more
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23 Jun. 2014
A villager washes clothes in a river in Heshan village,... more
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23 Jun. 2014
Sixty-one-year-old villager Xiong Dejun walks towards... more
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2 Jun. 2014
Chimneys are seen through a window at a coal-fired... more
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