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Stash or trash: Does Africa have a taste for the world’s e-waste?

26 October 2019, story by Kolawola Talabi

Lured by the prospects of a better life, thousands of African youths are braving the risks of crossing the Sahara and the Mediterranean for a chance to live in Europe. Victor, a 28-year old Nigerian graduate is one of several thousands of young Nigerians who have made this dangerous journey. Desperate to fend for himself while his papers were being processed, he started picking up used electronic and electrical equipment (UEEE) which he ships back home for a small profit. He is now a tiny part of the multibillion-dollar e-waste industry that needs proper international regulation due to the risk of hazard substances leaking into the environment. Lacking the capacity to control the inflow of e-waste from overseas especially Europe, Asia and the United States, Nigerian officials can only do so much to stop their country from being turned into a dumpsite for discarded digital devices that are increasingly an inextricable aspect of life in the 21st century.

The full story is published by Premium Times Nigeria , International Centre for Investigative Reporting Nigeria and