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– Marie-Monique Robin: ‘Unser täglich Gift’ – ‘Notre Poison Quotidien’ (Documentary – Full Length – In German And French)
Danger zone: sugar crop workers in Bajo Lempa, on the west coast of El Salvador. Photograph: Will Storr for the Observer
– What is killing sugar-cane workers across Central America? (Guardian, Oct 14, 2012):
Chronic kidney disease has killed tens of thousands of young men and is becoming more deadly. But nobody knows exactly what it is, or what to do about it
It is stage five they fear the most. Stage five is the mysterious sickness in its deadliest form. “I’m entering stage five,” Edilberto Mendez tells me as his wife looks on fretfully. I’m in their small home on the floodplains of Lempa River, in the dank sugar-lands of rural El Salvador, where they live in a community with about 150 other families. “How many others in the village have died of this?” I ask.
“Three close friends, just last year,” says Edilberto. His wife interrupts, counting out on her fingers. “And my nephew, my brother, and Ramon, Carlos, Pablo…” She pauses. “I know three Pablos who have died of this.”
Edilberto’s kidneys are beginning to fail. It means dialysis. “This is what they’ve told me,” he says with a defensive shrug. “But I’m still walking around. I’ve seen many people have dialysis. As soon as they try it, they die. I don’t want it.” Edilberto has his wife to support, his deaf-mute 27-year-old son, and his six-year-old granddaughter.
“If you don’t have dialysis you’ll die,” I say. “And then what will happen to your family?”
“They will be homeless.”
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