Photo: Andrew Biraj/Reuters
You can see that the child in the photo is gleefully jumping from a pile of scrap leather goods in this poignant photograph by Andrew Biraj, taken in a tannery in Dhaka, Bangladesh. But I feel only sadness that a child has to grow up in such deplorable conditions.
A child jumps on the waste products that are used to make poultry feed as she plays in a tannery at Hazaribagh in Dhaka October 9, 2012. 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, according to a study released on Tuesday. None of the tanneries packed cheek by jowl into Dhaka's Hazaribagh neighbourhood treat their waste water, which contains animal flesh, sulphuric acid, chromium and lead, leaving it to spew into open gutters and eventually the city's main river.