Mystery Kidney Disease Epidemic in Central America

Central AmericaKate Sheehy reports for PRI’s The World:

In the western lowlands of Nicaragua, in a region of vast sugarcane fields, sits the tiny community of La Isla.The small houses are a patchwork of concrete and wood. Pieces of cloth serve as doors.

Maudiel Martinez emerges from his house to greet me. He’s pale, and his cheekbones protrude from his face. He hunches over like an old man — but he is only 19-years-old.

“The way this sickness is — you see me now, but in a month I could be gone. It can take you down all of a sudden,” he says. Maudiel’s kidneys are failing. They do not perform the essential function of filtering waste from his body. He’s being poisoned from the inside. When he got ill two years ago, he was already familiar with this disease and how it might end. “I thought about my father and grandfather,” he says. Both died of the same condition. Three of his brothers have it too.

All of them worked in the sugarcane fields.

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  • Suddenly Spam!

    For fucks sake when are we going to stop exploiting the third world?

  • Redacted

    For fucks sake when are we going to stop exploiting the third world? If we’re so “rich” why do we need to subject these people to these chemicals?

  • 6Blackie6

    Using banned chemicals in Central America and poisoning the workers is horribly irresponsible and outright criminal!
    Then the product is packaged and sent to… you guessed it- Us! then we ask why cancer rates have exploded in the last 60 years. They keep spraying poison on our food.
    Fuck chemicals!
    Fuck corporate food!
    Buy organic, local, or better yet, Grow your own!

  • 6Blackie6

    Using banned chemicals in Central America and poisoning the workers is horribly irresponsible and outright criminal!
    Then the product is packaged and sent to… you guessed it- Us! then we ask why cancer rates have exploded in the last 60 years. They keep spraying poison on our food.
    Fuck chemicals!
    Fuck corporate food!
    Buy organic, local, or better yet, Grow your own!

  • Anonymous

    I am 23 have stage 5 kidney disease am getting a transplant next month. I also take on a comedic approach to this and life, hope you appreciate it:P take care all and good luck, it could always have been worse that’s what I tell myself. @ROSE

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    I am 23 have stage 5 kidney disease am getting a transplant next month. I also take on a comedic approach to this and life, hope you appreciate it:P take care all and good luck, it could always have been worse that’s what I tell myself. @ROSE

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