Born in Snake Park, South Africa

One of Johannesburg’s mine dumps blows toxic and radioactive dust across the impoverished settlement of Snake
Park. The air is thick with yellow dust that contains high levels of uranium and a cocktail of heavy metals like lead,
mercury, arsenic, cadmium and chrome. This apartheid legacy of South African gold mining plays out in birth
defects such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and Down syndrome. Al Jazeera, South Africa, 2023.

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