with contributions from Rock Ronald Rozario
 on April 17, 2014

DHAKA, Bangladesh — The Buriganga River runs west along Hazaribagh, a subdistrict of Dhaka and home to a leather industry that produces finished skins for some of the world’s most expensive handbags. Its waters are inky and dense from the industry’s daily release of about 22,000 cubic liters of toxic waste, enveloping the area with the omnipresent odor of sewage.

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