This river, if you can still call it that, carrying plastic waste, sewerage and garbage, flows from Accra into the Korle Lagoon - apparently one of the most polluted water bodies on the planet. The Korle Lagoon ultimately flows into the sea.
I feel I should write more about this subject, but I find photos like this one overwhelming.
*Update*: I was asked in the comments why this situation arises - is there no other way of disposing of garbage? In case you don't read my response in the comments here are two statistics to explain this image:
- only 40% of Ghana's hard waste is collected.
- only 12% of Ghanaians have access to running water and sanitation.
or to put it another way:
- 60% of Ghana's hard waste is not collected.
- 88% of Ghanaians do not have access to running water and sanitation.
We are part of the 12% who theoretically have access to running water, however, when it does flow, the water only flows once a week and it hasn't flowed at all for the last two weeks.
Photo credit: Nyani Quarmyne