June 03, 2014

Ed Kashi (VII) has recently returned from a trip to Nicaragua, documenting the epidemic of kidney disease (CKDu) ravaging Central American sugar cane workers. The most recent installment to this ongoing project brings fresh imagery and new insight.

Kashi recalls, “We witnessed numerous funeral processions throughout the town of Chichigalpa, and were given access to document the wake of a 38-year-old worker who had died that morning. For the first time, we were able to gain access to photograph cane workers toiling in the fields and conduct interviews with a representative of the sugar cane company.”

VII Photo Agency is currently highlighting two different photo essays combining images from 2013 and 2014 in this story. One of the photo essays, “The Face of Nicaragua’s CKDu Epidemic” shows the human side of this important issue by putting faces to the epidemic. This collection of portraits reveals emotive portrayals of sugar cane workers and their families who are affected by this fatal kidney disease.

The other, “A Sweet & Sour Epidemic” showcases reportage stills of sick workers, widows, and families, along with funerals, home dialysis, labor in the fields, and other scenes of daily life.

See the full photo essays, “A Sweet & Sour Epidemic” and “The Face of Nicaragua’s CKDu Epidemic” on VII’s Featured Stories.

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