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Shoot: Taicang Cancer Village on Yangtze River

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Fifty families of fishermen live in Yanglingang village, in the Jiangsu province. They fish for their livelihood and have drunk water from the Yangtze for decades. In the last few years, however, the river has been significantly polluted, and the
fishermen noticed that the water has a strange flavor. Since 2003, factory construction has erupted all around Yanglingang. Today the little fishing village is surrounded by power plants, paper-making factories, and chemical plants. Greenpeace together with photographer Lu Guang documented the life and death of this community living "under the pipe". The water that flows beneath the fishing boats is the same wastewater discharged from the factories, and the air that fishermen breathe is the same acrid, metallic air polluted by the factories.
The problem worsens in winter, when the water level of the river falls, but wastewater discharge does not decline. The fishermen often suffer stomachaches, diarrhea, and other diseases. This January, the village head Xu Jiabao suffered from the same kind of gastro-intestinal disorders.
The fishermen have gone to the local government and nearby industrial parks several times to report the pollution and request the installation of tap water for the village, yet years have passed with no action being taken.
Ill Fisherwoman in Jiangsu Province
16 Mar, 2010
Ill Fisherwoman in Jiangsu Province
Woman on Boat in Jiangsu Province
17 Mar, 2010
Woman on Boat in Jiangsu Province
Fisherman in Jiangsu Province
11 Mar, 2010
Fisherman in Jiangsu Province
Water from the Yangzte River
16 Mar, 2010
Water from the Yangzte River
Woman Fetches Water in Yangtze River
16 Mar, 2010
Woman Fetches Water in Yangtze River
Family on a Boat in Jiangsu Province
16 Mar, 2010
Family on a Boat in Jiangsu Province
Woman on a Boat in Jiangsu Province
16 Mar, 2010
Woman on a Boat in Jiangsu Province
Girl on Yangtze River
17 Mar, 2010
Girl on Yangtze River
Woman Fetches Water in Yangtze River
17 Mar, 2010
Woman Fetches Water in Yangtze River
Woman in Jiangsu Province
17 Mar, 2010
Woman in Jiangsu Province
Woman in Jiangsu Province
16 Mar, 2010
Woman in Jiangsu Province
Women in Jiangsu Province
17 Mar, 2010
Women in Jiangsu Province
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Fishermen on the Yangtze River
17 Mar, 2010
Fishermen on the Yangtze River
Factories along the Yangtze River
16 Mar, 2010
Factories along the Yangtze River
Woman on Yangtze River
9 Mar, 2010
Woman on Yangtze River
Doctor in Jiangsu Province
9 Mar, 2010
Doctor in Jiangsu Province
Fishermen on Yangtze River
9 Mar, 2010
Fishermen on Yangtze River
Fishermen on Yangtze River
8 Mar, 2010
Fishermen on Yangtze River
Fishing Nets in Jiangsu Province
8 Mar, 2010
Fishing Nets in Jiangsu Province
Fishermen in Jiangsu Province
8 Mar, 2010
Fishermen in Jiangsu Province
Fishermen on Yangtze River
7 Mar, 2010
Fishermen on Yangtze River
Fishermen on Yangtze River
7 Mar, 2010
Fishermen on Yangtze River
Fishermen on Yangtze River
16 Mar, 2010
Fishermen on Yangtze River
Fishermen on Yangtze River
7 Mar, 2010
Fishermen on Yangtze River
Fisherman on Yangtze River
7 Mar, 2010
Fisherman on Yangtze River
Fishermen on Yangtze River
17 Mar, 2010
Fishermen on Yangtze River
Fishermen on Yangtze River
16 Mar, 2010
Fishermen on Yangtze River
Factories in Jiangsu Province
16 Mar, 2010
Factories in Jiangsu Province
Factories in Jiangsu Province
16 Mar, 2010
Factories in Jiangsu Province
Fishermen on the Yangtze River
17 Mar, 2010
Fishermen on the Yangtze River
Fishmonger in Jiangsu Province
17 Mar, 2010
Fishmonger in Jiangsu Province
Ill Fisherwoman in Jiangsu Province
2 Dec, 2009
Ill Fisherwoman in Jiangsu Province
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