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Exporting Our Most Dangerous Junk

In Accra, Ghana plumes of toxic smoke rise and contaminate everything in the town - the people, the food, the animals.

500 container loads of illegal shipments of used electronics arrive every single month and are burned in open dumps.

We are exporting our most dangerous junk. The toxic heavy metals are affecting the mental development of kids as young as 5, who burn the devices for a few pennies worth of copper to be had inside. Irreparable damage is done to the health of everyone who breathes this toxic smoke.

In addition, there is another issue: hard drives are accessed and all that sensitive personal data is up for grabs.

A solid report on a tragic problem.

--Bibi Farber

This video was produced by Dateline Australia