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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.
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
A villager washes clothes in a river in Heshan village, Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province,...
SHIMEN, China
A villager washes clothes in a river in Heshan village, Shimen county
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
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
Sixty-one-year-old villager Xiong Dejun walks towards a bus station, on his way to get an X-ray examination...
SHIMEN, China
Xiong Dejun walks towards a bus station, on his way to get an X-ray examination for his lungs at a hospital...
Sixty-one-year-old villager Xiong Dejun walks towards a bus station, on his way to get an X-ray examination for his lungs at a hospital in Heshan village, Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 3, 2014. They were shut down in 2011 due to the pollution they caused but dust and runoff from arsenic plagues Heshan to this day. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
Gong Zhaoyuan, 69, who was diagnosed with skin cancer, reacts as he rests at his home in Heshan village,...
SHIMEN, China
Gong Zhaoyuan, who was diagnosed with skin cancer, reacts as he rests at his home in Heshan village,...
Gong Zhaoyuan, 69, who was diagnosed with skin cancer, reacts as he rests at his home in Heshan village, Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 3, 2014. 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. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
Gong Zhaoyuan, 69, shows a medical certificate from Shimen People's Hospital which confirms he developed...
SHIMEN, China
Gong Zhaoyuan shows a medical certificate in Heshan village, Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province...
Gong Zhaoyuan, 69, shows a medical certificate from Shimen People's Hospital which confirms he developed skin cancer as a result of arsenic poisoning, in Heshan village, Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
Gong Zhaoyuan, 69, who has been diagnosed with skin cancer, poses for a photograph as he show the ulcers...
SHIMEN, China
Gong Zhaoyuan, who has been diagnosed with skin cancer, poses for a photograph as he show the ulcers...
Gong Zhaoyuan, 69, who has been diagnosed with skin cancer, poses for a photograph as he show the ulcers on his skin in Heshan village, Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
Skin ulcers are seen on 69-year-old Gong Zhaoyuan's torso in Heshan village, in Shimen county, central...
SHIMEN, China
Skin ulcers are seen on Gong Zhaoyuan's torso in Heshan village, in Shimen county, central China's Hunan...
Skin ulcers are seen on 69-year-old Gong Zhaoyuan's torso in Heshan village, in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 3, 2014. Zhaoyuan suffers from skin cancer, which developed as result of arsenic poisoning. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
Wen Jin'e, 65, shows a scar, the legacy of an operation to treat cervical cancer, in Heshan village,...
SHIMEN, China
Wen Jin'e shows a scar, the legacy of an operation to treat cervical cancer, in Heshan village, in Shimen...
Wen Jin'e, 65, shows a scar, the legacy of an operation to treat cervical cancer, in Heshan village, in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
Gong Zhaoyuan (C), 69, who suffers from skin cancer stands next to his wife Wu Qunyao (L) and neighbour...
SHIMEN, China
Villagers are seen in Heshan village, in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province
Gong Zhaoyuan (C), 69, who suffers from skin cancer stands next to his wife Wu Qunyao (L) and neighbour Wen Jin'e, who had cervical cancer, at his home at Heshan village, in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
A portrait of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong is seen at Gong Zhaoyuan's home at Heshan village, in...
SHIMEN, China
A portrait of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong is seen at Gong Zhaoyuan's home at Heshan village, in...
A portrait of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong is seen at Gong Zhaoyuan's home at Heshan village, in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
Qin Zhengyu, 78, shows moles and tumours on her back in her home at Heshan village, in Shimen county,...
SHIMEN, China
Qin Zhengyu shows moles and tumours on her back in her home at Heshan village, in Shimen county, central...
Qin Zhengyu, 78, shows moles and tumours on her back in her home at Heshan village, in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 4, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
Qin Zhengyu, 78, who suffers from skin cancer, shows tumours on her fingers, at Heshan village, in Shimen...
SHIMEN, China
Qin Zhengyu who suffers from skin cancer, shows tumours on her fingers, at Heshan village, in Shimen...
Qin Zhengyu, 78, who suffers from skin cancer, shows tumours on her fingers, at Heshan village, in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 4, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
Wu Qiongyao shows the skin ointments which her husband uses for his ulcers at Heshan village, in Shimen...
SHIMEN, China
Wu Qiongyao shows the skin ointments which her husband uses for his ulcers at Heshan village, in Shimen...
Wu Qiongyao shows the skin ointments which her husband uses for his ulcers at Heshan village, in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
Wu Yangkui, puts a portrait of her late husband, who died from skin and lung cancer, in a drawer at Heshan...
SHIMEN, China
Wu Yangkui, puts a portrait of her late husband, who died from skin and lung cancer, in a drawer at Heshan...
Wu Yangkui, puts a portrait of her late husband, who died from skin and lung cancer, in a drawer at Heshan village, in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 4, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
Wu Yangkui, whose husband died from skin and lung cancer, sits at home in Heshan village, in Shimen county,...
SHIMEN, China
Wu Yangkui, whose husband died from skin and lung cancer, sits at home in Heshan village, in Shimen county...
Wu Yangkui, whose husband died from skin and lung cancer, sits at home in Heshan village, in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 4, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
A bird perches on a line at a closed realgar mining plant on a hill at Heshan village, in Shimen county,...
SHIMEN, China
A bird perches on a line at a closed realgar mining plant on a hill at Heshan village, in Shimen county...
A bird perches on a line at a closed realgar mining plant on a hill at Heshan village, in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 4, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
Water pipes are seen in a room at a closed realgar mining plant on a hill at Heshan village, in Shimen...
SHIMEN, China
Water pipes are seen in a room at a closed realgar mining plant on a hill at Heshan village, in Shimen...
Water pipes are seen in a room at a closed realgar mining plant on a hill at Heshan village, in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
A sealed mine entrance is seen at a closed realgar mining plant at Heshan village, in Shimen county,...
SHIMEN, China
A sealed mine entrance is seen at a closed realgar mining plant at Heshan village, in Shimen county
A sealed mine entrance is seen at a closed realgar mining plant at Heshan village, in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
The damaged walls of a cistern are seen at a closed realgar mining plant at Heshan village, in Shimen...
SHIMEN, China
The damaged walls of a cistern are seen at a closed realgar mining plant at Heshan village, in Shimen...
The damaged walls of a cistern are seen at a closed realgar mining plant at Heshan village, in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 4, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
Two disused tanks are seen at a closed realgar mining plant at Heshan village, in Shimen county, central...
SHIMEN, China
Two disused tanks are seen at a closed realgar mining plant at Heshan village, in Shimen county
Two disused tanks are seen at a closed realgar mining plant at Heshan village, in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
A dog sleeps in front of Wen Jin'e and Xiong Demin's home at Heshan village, in Shimen county, central...
SHIMEN, China
A dog sleeps in front of a house at Heshan village, in Shimen county
A dog sleeps in front of Wen Jin'e and Xiong Demin's home at Heshan village, in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 3, 2014. Wen suffers from cervical cancer and Xiong from lung cancer. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
Medicines used by 71-year-old Xiong Demin are gathered for a photograph at Heshan village, in Shimen...
SHIMEN, China
Medicines used by Xiong Demin are gathered for a photograph at Heshan village, in Shimen county
Medicines used by 71-year-old Xiong Demin are gathered for a photograph at Heshan village, in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 3, 2014. Xiong suffers from skin and lung and skin cancer. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
Qin Wenji, 82, who suffers from skin cancer, watches TV in his bedroom at Heshan village, in Shimen county,...
SHIMEN, China
Qin Wenji, who suffers from skin cancer, watches TV in his bedroom at Heshan village, in Shimen county...
Qin Wenji, 82, who suffers from skin cancer, watches TV in his bedroom at Heshan village, in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
Xiong Demin, 71, who suffers from lung cancer, has breakfast with his 65-year-old wife Wen Jin'e, who...
SHIMEN, China
Xiong Demin has breakfast with his wife at Heshan village, in Shimen county
Xiong Demin, 71, who suffers from lung cancer, has breakfast with his 65-year-old wife Wen Jin'e, who suffers from cervical cancer, at Heshan village, in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
A woman walks past a tomb at Heshan village in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 3,...
SHIMEN, China
A woman walks past a tomb at Heshan village in Shimen county
A woman walks past a tomb at Heshan village in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
Damaged cowpea seedlings grow in a field at Heshan village, in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province,...
SHIMEN, China
Damaged cowpea seedlings grow in a field at Heshan village, in Shimen county
Damaged cowpea seedlings grow in a field at Heshan village, in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 4, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH
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June 23, 2014
A scarecrow stands in a field at Heshan village in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June...
SHIMEN, China
A scarecrow stands in a field at Heshan village in Shimen county
A scarecrow stands in a field at Heshan village in Shimen county, central China's Hunan Province, June 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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