A woman jumps over a puddle of chemical and leather waste. Along with other women and children, she makes glue from hide by boiling waste leather pieces. 

Most industries based in urban area in Bangladesh pollute environment but leather tanneries probably do the worst damage. Hazaribagh, Dhaka's leather processing zone, is right in the middle of one of the most densely populated residential area. About194 leather processing industries operate here and freely dump untreated toxic wastes directly to the low-lying areas, river and natural canals. The pollution is seriously affecting the livelihood thousands of people, bringing it to brink of an environmental disaster.
 (image by Shehzad Noorani)
A woman jumps over a puddle of chemical and leather waste. Along with other women and children, she makes glue from hide by boiling waste leather pieces. Most industries based in urban area in Bangladesh pollute environment but leather tanneries probably do the worst damage. Hazaribagh, Dhaka's leather processing zone, is right in the middle of one of the most densely populated residential area. About194 leather processing industries operate here and freely dump untreated toxic wastes directly to the low-lying areas, river and natural canals. The pollution is seriously affecting the livelihood thousands of people, bringing it to brink of an environmental disaster.
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