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  • This is what matters.

  • The experience of a product.

  • Will it make life better?

  • Who pays the price?

  • The human cost of electronics

  • When I was in third grade, my mother left home to work as a migrant worker.

  • When I was in seventh grade, we stopped hearing from her.

  • I wanted to find her, to rescue her.

  • My mind was set on earning as much money as possible.

  • My dream was to leave home, to leave the countryside and the mountains behind me.

  • I was only 14 when I started to work at the factory.

  • I went to work because my parents worked so hard all year long

  • to pay for my education.

  • In China, every year, over 12 million teenagers leave home to find work.

  • They are part of 260 million Chinese

  • who must travel far from home just to make a living.

  • My work days started at 8 a.m. and ended at 11p.m.

  • There were no holidays. I only had one night off a month.

  • We sat there all day cleaning phone chips and using chemicals.

  • There was an Apple screen, and a Nokia screen.

  • When I wasn't eating or sleeping, I will be wiping something.

  • It was the only thing I did.

  • There was no other ventilation, no windows.

  • The smell was horrible at first, but I eventually got used to it.

  • My son's name is Ming Kunpeng.

  • He just turned 26 years old.

  • This should be the best time of his life,

  • but unfortunately he was diagnosed with leukemia in May 2009.

  • After three examinations over twelve months,

  • he was confirmed to be occupational leukemia,

  • an aggressive form of cancer caused by benzene.

  • Benzene is a category one carcinogen

  • that is banned in most Western Countries for industrial use.

  • China, maker of more than 50% of the world's cell phones, is an exception.

  • Now I've been through 28 chemotherapy treatments.

  • My bones hurt a lot.

  • It feels like thousands of ants biting my insides.

  • It's really painful.

  • I've been living in this hospital for six years now.

  • It feels like a prison, and there's no way to escape.

  • I feel like my life is over.

  • I really don't know what to do.

  • It took 19 months of struggle to prove my leukemia was workplace-related.

  • I petitioned to the government authorities many times

  • and was sent home by force.

  • The factory manager called my coworker

  • and told him not to tell other workers what was wrong.

  • There were several people who accompanied me to the hospital when I received the diagnosis.

  • They carried a bag with them, a bag of money.

  • They went ahead in my absence.

  • They concluded my cancer was not caused from working at the factory,

  • and I was denied compensation.

  • When I was on the street, I would take a close look at anyone who had a physical resemblance to my mother.

  • I was worried what had happened to her, and that she was suffering.

  • That's why I've been working so hard.

  • But now everything is...

  • everything is over.

  • You know what? When I was in the hospital, I couldn't walk,

  • but I didn't dare tell my mother.

  • I had expected that I would be responsible,

  • that I would try to relieve some of the burdens from my parents.

  • But the truth is, I ended up as their burden.

  • Do you miss home?

  • Do you want to go back home?

  • Let's go home.

  • Six weeks after this interview, Ming Kunpeng committed suicide.

  • He jumped off the building.

  • He ultimately chose to end his own life.

  • He couldn't take the struggle any longer-

  • the pressure of dealing with this illness,

  • the factory, and benzene poisoning.

  • I propose that we all stand up and hold a silent tribute for Ming.

  • We are all benzene patients.

  • For those of us who are alive, we need to fight for our rights, for justice

  • and live on.

  • Benzene is a horrifying poison that causes cancer.

  • We want to deliver a message to the public

  • that benzene can be replaced by safer alternatives.

  • We want brands to take responsibility for working conditions at their supplier factories,

  • and good occupational health and safety measures, and policies and practices.

  • And banning the use of benzenes is part of that.

  • It's just part of supply chain responsibility.

  • Benzene is widely used in various industries..

  • Sporting goods, printing, and electronic products

  • as well as finishing materials contain benzene.

  • Not only are the workers working in very toxic environments,

  • but the customers who buy the products are also exposed to benzene

  • At the moment, consumers don't have a benzene-free choice.

  • There are no benzene-free electronics,

  • so you can't go to a shop and ask for the one or the other thing.

  • But consumers can ask and can get in touch with brands,

  • and say, "What is this whole issue with benzene? "

  • "I'm worried and concerned about benzene poisoning,"

  • and put some pressure on brands.

  • In China, over 200 million people are working in hazardous environments.

  • According to Chinese government statistics, one person will get poisoned by toxic chemicals every five hours; the majority from benzene.

  • Expert assert this number is much higher.

  • A benzene-free electronic device would cost consumers less than one USD more.

  • Dear Dad and Mom, how are you?

  • I'm sorry I'm not there to take care of you.

  • Will you forgive me?

  • I thought about suicide.

  • I thought about jumping from the building, but I didn't have the strength to climb on the roof.

  • I've come a long way now, and I'm strong enough to survive.

  • I will stay positive and live each day with a sense of purpose.

  • Every worker in this film produced for a major electronics brand or shipping container company that delivers China's electronic devices to the world.

This is what matters.

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誰が価格を支払うのか?エレクトロニクスの人的コスト (Who Pays the Price? The Human Cost of Electronics)

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    Go Tutor に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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