Indian Companies Are Bringing One of the World’s Most Toxic Industries to Africa. People Are Getting Sick.
At noon, dusk and in the dead of night, Cyrille Traoré Ndembi grabs his phone and films his nearest neighbor.
The battery recycling factory roars, rattling Ndembi’s bed. Its chimneys belch smoke into the air, sending bitter odors through the windows of the family’s concrete home. Ndembi’s front garden, where his children play, is sprinkled with a black dust laced with lead — one of the most dangerous metals on the planet.