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Życie nad rzeką Mekong - Redux (29)

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October 28, 2016, Soc Trang Province, Vietnam: Ngoc has lived in Soc Trang his entire life. The son of a rice farmer, he has been working this land since he was a boy. "Something has changed over the last 5 years" he said when asked how his annual yields have been recently. This is a very common complaint. The destruction of mangroves, a rise in saline levels, and increasing levels of poison in the water has put a significant dent in his wallet.
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October 30, 1016, An Giang Province, Vietnam: Much of life in the Delta revolves around the Mekong. Here 2 people pause at sunset to take in the view from the river.
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November 1, 2016, My Long, Tra Vinh Province, Vietnam: Nguyen (left) and Linh (right), set the table for a family meal. Contamination of the water has led to small levels of cancerous toxins in the food and water. Long term exposure to them often leads to cancer. The food security situation in Vietnam continues with an alarming lack of dialogue happening.
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November 1, 2016, My Long, Tra Vinh Province, Vietnam: Lam Tham Nu sits inside the home of her neighbors waiting for a meal. Her Mother was forced to leave My Long and search for work in Ho Chi Minh City. The family long relied on fishing to support themselves. With few fish available in the Mekong families are forced to send able bodied workers to the city more and more.
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November 3, 2016, My Long, Tra Vinh Province, Vietnam: A sailor shows off a section of his tattoo depicting the Mekong river. The river has long been a source of food, commerce, and inspiration for art.
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October 28, 2016, Ph? T?n District, Ca Mau, Vietnam: A grave in a field within the Vietnamese portion of the Mekong Delta. The region is suffering from a cadre of natural and man made issues causing industries and the health of the people to decline rapidly.
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November 12, 2016, Van Phuc, Vietnam: The village of Van Phuc, a stone's throw away from Hanoi, has 300 times the amount of arsenic that is considered acceptable by the World Health Organization. As a result gardens like Ngoc's are dangerously toxic. Unfortunately there are no campaigns in place warning residents of hazards that come from such common place activities such as growing poisonous crops in their gardens.
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November 12, 2016, Van Phuc, Vietnam: The village of Van Phuc, a stone's throw away from Hanoi, has 300 times the amount of arsenic that is considered acceptable by the World Health Organization. Linh, aware that river water is dangerous, brings tap water to her garden. That water is also contaminated, making her entire plot also poisonous.
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November 2, 2016, Tra Vinh Province, Vietnam: A farmer gathers grass to feed to his cows. Poisonous water leads to contaminated crops which in turn puts meat and dairy products at risk.
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October 26, 2016, Ph? T?n District, Ca Mau, Vietnam: Inside the Dai Ngai forest vast amounts of trees are being chopped down far away from the public eye. Miles into the area scenes such as this are commonplace and a sign of the growing illegal lumber industry.
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November 2, 2016,Tra Vinh Province, Vietnam: Pui sits atop a chopped down tree during a flooding. Deforestation in the Mekong Delta affects the eco system in many ways. Sun rays hit the earth quicker, species die out, leading to rapid shifts in temperature and severe droughts and floods.
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October 25, 2016, Ph? T?n District, Ca Mau, Vietnam: Nhat and Puoc spend many afternoons swimming on their father's shrimp farm. Business has not been good for Hung (their father, not pictured). Increase in saline levels and poisonous chemicals in the very water these boys are swimming in has decreased production.
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October 28, 2016, Soc Trang Province, Vietnam: A fishing rod is becoming less of a common site as overfishing and skepticism about the quality of the food coming out of the river has increased.
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October 28, 2016, Soc Trang Province, Vietnam: A caught fish is becoming less of a common site as overfishing and skepticism about the quality of the food coming out of the river has increased.
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October 20, 2016, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Urban centers like Ho Chi Minh city suffer from over population. This is a direct result from rural economies faltering because of environmental issues that have led to a lack of fish to sell and water to farm with.
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November 13, 2016, Vietnam: A view of the Mekong and its network of rivers as seen from a southbound plane heading to Ho Chi Min City from Hanoi.
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November 11, 2016, Van Phuc, Vietnam: The Vietnamese government is slowly putting policies into place to clean the water around the nation. Naturally much attention is being placed on the village of Van Phuc and its high levels of Arsenic contamination.
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October 30th, 2016: Soc Trang Province, Vietnam: Hau collects recyclable materials from the Khong Nem rac Tuoc Hang rao garbage site for a living. The site is next to the Mekong river in the delta region of Vietnam. Garbage that close to the river poses a serious threat as many toxins seep through the land and into the water which in turn infects crops, fish, and drinking water. Hau is paid fourty four cents for every pound of material delivered.
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November 11, 2016, Van Phuc, Vietnam: The village of Van Phuc, a stone's throw away from Hanoi, has 300 times the amount of arsenic that is considered acceptable by the World Health Organization. The entire town has switched to bottled water. They still use the contaminated water for farming which infects food and slowly poisons the population.
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November 9, 2016, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Urban centers like Ho Chi Minh city suffer from over population. This is a direct result from rural economies faltering because of environmental issues that have led to a lack of fish to sell and water to farm with.
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October 26, 2016, Soc Trang Province: Workers on a construction site next to the Mekong (part of it is visible in the background). These sites leak harmful chemicals into the soil which cause erosion, leading to silt run off and sediment pollution. Silt and soil run off leak into natural waterways and turn them murky. This cuts off sunlight and destroys aquatic life, further damaging the echo system. The run off also carries toxic chemicals and cement that poison the water life and the animals that drink it. Lastly they also leak into the ground water, posing an imminent risk to human drinking water.
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November 3, 2016, Soc Trang, Vietnam: Sailors return from a 2 week expedition at sea. Due to a combination of overfishing and environmental issues which have effected the eco system river boats are being taken out to sea. This becomes dangerous when storms hit, often leading to the death of sailors.
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November 3, 2016, Tra Vinh Province, Vietnam: Tuan cleans a cooking utensil at the southern most tip of the Mekong delta. Over the horizon is where the river jets out into the Sea. He owns a cafe and worries about the growing concerns about over fishing and what he describes as "strange tasting food". "We fear the Chinese are ruining what we have", when asked about whether he had noticed changes in the environment and their impact on local industries (mainly farming and fishing).
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October 26, 2016, Soc Trang Province, Vietnam: Garbage burning on the side of a road in the Mekong Delta is a common site. Pollutants like carbon dioxide, mercury and acid are released into the atmosphere as a result. This hurts the environment and can cause respiratory diseases.
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November 3, 2016, Tra Vinh Province, Vietnam: A sailor disembarks from his boat before the impending monsoon strikes.
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November 12, 2016, Van Phuc, Vietnam: The village of Van Phuc, a stone's throw away from Hanoi, has 300 times the amount of arsenic that is considered acceptable by the World Health Organization.With the water being poisonous the village has resorted to drinking bottled water. That being said many residents still farm and clean with the tap water, exposing themselves over many years to poisonous water.
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October 28, 2016, Soc Trang, Vietnam: At the market fishmongers sort and package fish to be shipped to Ho Chi Minh City, among other destinations. Every passing year proves more and more difficult to turn profits as lower counts of fish and a distrust of their quality has led to fewer sales.
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October 28, 2016, Soc Trang, Vietnam: At the market fishmongers sort and package fish to be shipped to Ho Chi Minh City, among other destinations. Every passing year proves more and more difficult to turn profits as lower counts of fish and a distrust of their quality has led to fewer sales.
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October 30, 2016, Soc Trang, Vietnam: Daily commuters cross the Mekong in order to reach their homes. While the river is an integral part of daily life for many, swimming is not taught to most citizens in Vietnam.
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