• A worker stands in a small informal leather factory. The dust produced from the manufacturing of products is damaging to the worker's health health hence they try to protect themselves with basic face scarves.
  • A family relaxes on top of a pile of leather trimmings at a dumpsite on the outskirts of the city of Kanpur. The trimmings are discarded from the nearby tannery factories and burnt, dried and then re-used as fertiliser and chicken feed.
  • Men bathing and worshipping in the Ganges River, in the city of Kanpur.
  • A child plays in a road that has been flooded with industrial wastewater from a nearby water channel. The water is laced with toxins from the leather-treatment process and is discharged directly into local waterways and onto farmland.
  • Villagers suffer from nail abnormalities believed to have been caused by prolonged exposure to highly acidic and toxic waste water which is discharged onto their farmland.
  • A child worker sits amongst piles of leather outside a tannery in the Jajmau area of Kanpur.
  • A worker stands in the chromium fields of Kanpur, an area next to the Ganges River that receives waste from nearby tannery factories. The city is notorious for having some of the country's worst pollution which is created by the local leathery tannery industry. Waste water laced with toxins, such as chromium, is discharged in local waterways and agricultural land which is used many residents who live in the nearby area. An array of health problems now afflict locals who have worked in the tanneries, or use the local water. Health effects have included cancers, mental health problems, child development issues and skin diseases.
  • Two young men work with leather in a tannery workshop in the Jajmau area of Kanpur.
  • Leather belts on sale in a small market in the city of Kanpur.
  • A man stands next to a blue-tainted water channel from a local leather producing tannery in Kanpur.
  • A women takes part in a Hindu ceremony on the banks of the Ganges River, in northern Kanpur. A number of religious leaders are trying to educate the public about the harmful effects of the local leather producing tanneries.
  • A local man walks along a street that has been flooded by industrial waste water from a nearby leather tannery.
  • A chimney above a leather factory belches black smoke above the streets of the city of Kanpur.
  • A woman sits near a furnace used for the burning of leather trimmings to make fertiliser and chicken feed on the outskirts of the city of Kanpur. The area is now highly toxic having received the city's industrial waste for many years. Workers have little to no protection.
  • A man opens a vat used for burning leather trimmings on the outskirts of the town of Kanpur. The leather is burned, dried and then used as fertilizer and chicken feed.
  • A child worker pulls discarded leather trimmings discarded from local tanneries. The waste is laced with toxins produced in the tanning process. The city is notorious for having some of the country's worst pollution which is created by the local leathery tannery industry.
  • A child labourer sorts drying pig skins in a small factory in the Jajmau area of Kanpur.
  • Sandhya Katari, 4, lies on a bed outside her home in the Jajmau area of Kanpur. She is one of a number of children in the area suffering from mental development problems believed to be caused by prolonged exposure to toxins in the local water. The city is notorious for having some of the country's worst pollution which is created by the local leathery tannery industry.
  • Waste water from tanneries is channeled onto nearby farmland in the Indian city of Kanpur. The city is notorious for having some of the country's worst water pollution which is created by the local leathery tannery industry.
  • Waste water from tanneries is channeled onto nearby farmland in the Indian city of Kanpur. The city is notorious for having some of the country's worst water pollution which is created by the local leathery tannery industry.
  • Waste water from tanneries is channeled onto nearby farmland in the Indian city of Kanpur. The city is notorious for having some of the country's worst water pollution which is created by the local leathery tannery industry.
  • Kiran Devi comes from a small village that is afflicted with water pollution from nearby leather tanneries. It is suspected that increased exposure to harmful toxins during mothers' pregnancies might be causing the increased number of children being born with mental disabilities in the villages outside Kanpur.
  • A leather tannery churns out more air pollution that causes problems for both the environment and residents' health.
  • A worker in a small and informal leather-producing tannery in Kanpur.
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