Photo and caption by Andrew Biraj
A child jumps on the waste products that are used to make poultry feed as she plays in a tannery at Hazaribagh in Dhaka. Luxury leather goods sold across the world are produced in a slum area of Bangladesh's capital where workers, including children, are exposed to hazardous chemicals and often injured in horrific accidents. None of the tanneries packed cheek by jowl into Dhaka's Hazaribagh neighborhood treat their waste water, which contains animal flesh, sulfuric acid, chromium and lead, leaving it to spew into open gutters and eventually the city's main river.
Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh