Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown origin (CKDu) has been positively identified in the #MiddleEast, #Asia, #South Asia, and #CentralAmerica. It is a deadly epidemic mainly affecting #farm workers and their families, the poor and the young. Photographer Ed Kashi (@edkashi), of VII Photo (@viiphoto) has traveled to #Nicaragua, #ElSalvador, #India, and #SriLanka to document the fatal disease, now spreading to South America and perhaps further. The ongoing work, titled "CKDu – In The Hot Zone," shows the multi-generational impact of #CKDu and the plight of #agrarian communities on a human level.
Pictured is an image from the documentation, and which was also included in his exhibition at #visapourlimage2017. The caption: Jorge Martin Bonilla (29), the youngest of six brothers, three of whom are also suffering from CKDu [Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown origin], worked on sugarcane plantations for five years before contracting CKDu in 2004. He died this morning. Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, April 30, 2014.
Photo Ed Kashi (@edkashi)/ VIIPhoto (@viiphoto)