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Arsenic

Ryogo Shioda | Bangladesh

The rust of tube-well. Polluted water contains a lot of iron.

Arsenic pollution through ground water has become serious social problem in Asian. Eluted arsenic in a stratum is absorbed into human body through well water and it has a negative impact on variety of organs such as skin. This phenomenon is frequently reported along the rivers, which come from Tibet plateau. According to the report of the British magazine The Lancet  in 2010, up to 77million people face a threat of arsenic in Bangladesh where the biggest number of victims is reported.

The only way to detect arsenic is using chemical test, because arsenic is colorless, bland and innocuous. Arsenic is seriously harmful to body. It destroys skin, inward organs, respiratory system and nerves. It also causes cancer. At least 65,000 people have toxicosis now, and many patients have died in Bangladesh.

Especially, undernourished people are easier to be influenced by arsenic. Arsenic addiction is increasing among the poor people in Bangladesh. Well water is used not only for drinking water but also for irrigation and fish breeding in the country, residual arsenic therefore has serious negative impact too.

Ryogo Shioda(b.1983) is a photographer based in Japan. He learned photography by himself, and became a independent photographer in 2013. Currently, He is shooting for magazines and advertisement with a central focus on documentary.
His personal projects are the arsenic pollution through groundwater in Bangladesh, the struggle against plundering of the farmland in Narita airport and social landscape in Seoul.

Ryogo Shioda

Tel: +81-90-4432-4647(JPN)
Mail: ryogo_shioda@yahoo.co.jp
Web: http://www.ryogoshioda.com/

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