The poison village


China’s spectacular economic growth over the past two decades has dramatically depleted the country’s natural resources and produced skyrocketing rates of pollution with devastating consequences for the Chinese people who live far away from the glitzy skyscrapers of Shanghai. It is those people who are paying the high prize of the new and modern China. They are left with no other choice than drinking the water from polluted rivers and groundwater, which causes a wave of deadly diseases. In the village of Leifeng in Heilongjiang Province more than half the population suffers from skeletal fluorosis, which is a crippling and painful disease caused by intake of fluoride.