Despite exhaustion, hunger, thirst and pain, Kadi has to keep going. Donkeys like Kadi work on Mali’s rubbish dumps until they’re unable to continue. Walking over broken glass and twisted metal with a backbreaking load of rubbish weighing her down, this tired donkey couldn’t take any more. Her legs gave way and she collapsed in the mud.
Life is hard for humans and animals alike in Bamako, Mali’s capital city, where hundreds of working donkeys help their owners earn a meagre living carting away tonnes of waste from homes and businesses.
Sadly, donkeys are collapsing from exhaustion and dying from starvation and dehydration. Many resort to eating rotting waste – a diet that can kill by blocking an animal’s gut, leading to excruciating colic. Donkeys are also in danger of catching the potentially fatal disease, tetanus, through injuries inflicted by rusting metal and broken glass.
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