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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