A photographer visited this cancer village in Hunan Province eight months ago to report on the area’s unusual news, and recently returned during the Qingming Festival, a traditional holiday when people pay respect to the deceased.
Through his lens, he captured these sad scenes, and the awful truth about what is happening in Hanshou County due to environmental pollution from mining, and arsenic poisoning.
There were over 260 villagers there a decade ago, but the number of inhabitants is now down to 73.
Fifteen were diagnosed with cancer in the past 10 years, and nine have passed away. Also over 10 villagers have developed other serious diseases, such as pulmonary emphysema, diabetes, coronary artery disease, and cerebral infarction. Those who can afford to have left the village.
Perhaps more appalling is that everyone who still lives there suffers from gallstones or kidney stones.