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Carsten SnejbjergSumgait town is 30 kilometres from Azerbaijanís capital, Baku. It was once an industrial hub for chemical and heavy-metal production. Over 35 factories made mercury, aluminium, chlorine and acid for the Soviet economy, creating 300,000 tonnes of toxic waste every year. The half-million population of workers lived just a kilometre away. Sumgait soon had the highest infant-mortality rate in the world. Now 70 per cent of the population has some form of toxic-related illness.

Murad Mammadov 16.6.1990-25.1.1997
Faces of pollution and war
Faces of pollution and war
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