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BANGLADESH CHITTAGONG MADHOM BIBIR HAT OCT00 - The bare feet of a labourer as he stands on a piece of scrap metal. Protective clothing and general health and safety standards at work are virtually unheard of in this accident-prone environment of the ship-breaking yards of Chittagong.
Several thousand labourers work on one medium-sized (50,000 ton) ship for a period of around three months, until it is completely dismantled and taken apart.
Since Bangladesh does not possess mineral resources such as iron ore, it works out more cost-efficient to employ a large army of day-labourers to recycle the scrapped ships rather than to import ore. On average, a labourer can expect to earn a little more than 1 US Dollar per day.
jre/Photo by Jiri Rezac
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DESTRUCTION THIRD WORLD SUBCONTINENT SHIPBREAKING SHIP RECYCLING METAL MANUAL LABOUR INDUSTRY Destruction industry industrial recycling ship shipbreaking subcontinent third world shipbreaker bangladesh chittagong Beach toxic Pollution worker work Manual iron Metal Business scale Environment Environmental Poverty Migrant Vessel Vessels workforce labourers labourer
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