On the south bank of the Yanglin River, the power plant’s smoke stacks send down drifts of white ash on to the fishing boats. On the north bank, paper factories discharge high volumes of wastewater, containing pulp that clogs up the fishing nets. In the last few years, eleven out of thirteen cancer patients have died in Yanglingang village. In March 2007, 55-year-old Li Shuzhong was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. After surgery and treatment, he can no longer work and is still on medication. Facing the invasive disease in his body, he is helpless.
© Lu Guang / Greenpeace