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

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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.

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Lopez’s 12-year-old son stands next to him in his death bed.

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Death caused by CKD is so common, its become a normal thing in towns like Chichigalpa, where there aren’t many other jobs.

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Chichigalpa has had so many male deaths, that people now call it La Isla de las Viudas.

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

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As part of the plan, they built the Angel Mill in El Salvador where they process the sugar cane and where workers are given advice as to how to prevent CKD.

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

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This is one of the recommendations from the organizations.  Resting and allowing the body to cool helps prevent CKD.

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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Get more details and see more pictures of the sugar cane workers here.

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A Man Beat Up by San Antonio Police Due to Mistaken Identity is Now Paralyzed

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A Man Beat Up by San Antonio Police Due to Mistaken Identity is Now Paralyzed

This is the Carlos family of San Antonio, Texas.


That’s Roger on the left, his wife Ronnie on the right, and their three children.

Last year, Roger Carlos was taking photos of the building being constructed for his wife’s medical practice…

Credit: KENS5

…When two San Antonio PD SWAT officers and an undercover police officer detained him and began beating him. This is what he looked like afterward:

Credit: San Antonio Police Department

Carlos told KENS 5 News that despite complying with the officers’ commands, he was struck about 50 times.

Aside from the visible injuries to his face, Carlos suffered injuries to his neck and back.

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“These guys, they beat me like a bunch of thugs,” said Carlos to KENS5 News.

So what crime did Carlos commit? NONE. San Antonio Police said it was a case of mistaken identity.


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SAPD officers were in pursuit of this man, Josue Rodriguez, who had a felony warrant out for his arrest.

Credit: Bexar County Jail

Rodriguez was being pursued by the officers when he ditched his car near the area where Carlos was taking photos.

The three SAPD officers were given 15-day suspensions for their mistake. Police Chief William McManus later reduced the suspensions to five days.

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The names of two of the officers were released: Carlos Chavez and Virgilo Gonzalez. The identity of the undercover officer was kept confidential. Chief McManus later said he didn’t think there was enough evidence to show that the officers “went overboard.”

The beating had a profound effect on Carlos. He underwent several surgeries to relieve the pressure from herniated discs in his back.

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But Carlos suffered a major setback: during his most recent back surgery, he was left paralyzed from the chest down.

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Carlos’s wife, Ronnie, said during the surgery, a bone broke and compressed against his spine, paralyzing him from the chest down.

Ronnie Carlos says she can’t believe their lives have changed so drastically over a case of mistaken identity.

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“People need to stand up and say something about it. Just because a police officer has a right to do something like that based on a law that protects them, it’s not right, it’s not right,” she told KENS5 News.

The Carlos family has created a GoFundMe page to help alleviate a part of the $15,000+ they’ve racked up in medical bills.

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The family has also hired a lawyer and plan to file a suit against the San Antonio Police Department and the city.

Read more about this ongoing story here.

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