In the capital city of Ghana, Accra, there is one of the world's largest electronic waste dumps: Agbogbloshie. After a series of violent tribal conflicts in Northern Ghana, many people sought refuge in Accra. The 80,000 people that now call this area home, live and work in an expansive slum on this dumping site. They "cannibalize" or break down the e-waste sent over from Europe and the United States in search of the item's precious metals. Once found, these metals are then melted down and sold. The profit for individual workers - both old and young, very young, is small, but it comes with a multitude of health problems.
This is the story of Scrap Boys.
a film by
Mary Ellen Skawinski
Official Selection for the Black Hills Film Festival 2012