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20,000 People Have Died because of THIS in Nicaragua and El Salvador

Sugar cane workers in El Salvador and Nicaragua are dying at a young age, by the thousands. In the last 10 years, 20,000 people have died of chronic kidney disease (CKD) caused by the harsh working conditions, such as dehydration, sun exposure and physical stress. Photojournalist Ed Kashi went to the two countries to capture this photo series where he met people like…

Julio Lopez worked in the sugar cane fields for 15 years and, at the age of 35, he’s in the final stages of the disease.

The NGOs Solidaridad and La Isla Foundation are working towards improving the working conditions.

Sugar cane workers Irma Jamileth and her husband Alex Eldias Ramírez Hernández take a break in the shade.

The workers are now armed with camel bags to carry drinking water and keep hydrated during the peak of the heat.

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