December 3, 2022
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Pakistan is home to one of the world’s largest ship dismantling plants, where up to 1 million tonnes of metal can be handled by workers every year.

Many of the scrapped, unusable ships end up in Asian dismantlers, where labour is much cheaper than at any other European site. Gadani is still a popular venue for dismantling, and many companies take advantage of this opportunity. Giant ships that have been abandoned are laid to rest here, where they are recycled after dismantling. Shipbreaking sounds like a logical step, until you look behind the scenes.

There’s a reason why shipbreaking has become one of the most dangerous jobs, as fatal accidents often occur. On average, 10,000 to 15,000 workers are employed at the Gadani scrap yard – 7 days a week – in inhumane conditions that the average person could not imagine. Most of them are manual labourers from modest financial backgrounds, for whom even the starvation wage is worth the risk, as it is practically the only job in the area. In the infamous shipyard, they fall on wrecks with their bare hands, without any safety equipment or climbing gear.

Not to mention the fact that there is no clean drinking water, and they have to deal with hazardous waste and corroded materials coming out of the wrecks.

Surprisingly, even with all this, there is no shortage of labour. In the mornings, there are so many people on the sandy beaches of Gadani.

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