Loading

Loading

Take a

#DeepBreath

#DEEPBREATH is a global project about the effects of living in air polluted environments.  It combines social media event based on real time reporting with innovative storytelling and will be followed by the release of an interactive reportage.

The project is based on cross-border collaboration between reporters from 8 countries – Afghanistan, China, Egypt, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal and Poland.

Here, on the May 5th, you can follow how #DeepBreath unfolds globally.

Magda Chodownik
Magda Chodownik
Cracow
Tomorrow we will be live reporting from 8 different countries around the world. Please, follow our 24h smog story to find out more.

Hashtag #DeepBreath, Outriders and reporters' social media channels will help!

Happy to have you on board Maria de la Guardia (Afghanistan), Chiara (China), Mauricio Palos (Mexico), Benjamin Filarski (Nepal), Mahmoud Khattab (Egypt), Storitellah Bryan Jaybee (Kenya) and Vishal Manve (India) !
Maria de la Guardia
Maria de la Guardia
Kabul
I just met and had lunch with a doctor who will be assisting me on an assignment tomorrow. He is from Nangahar and shared a lot about his life in such a little amount of time that only fascinated me more and more. I am often asked asked if I am Russian, today I told him no, that I was unfortunately, given current events, American. He looked right at me and said it is not unfortunate at all, that I should never feel such a way. He explained that every country has its good and bad, every country has time periods where they excel and they fail, every country has leaders that do not steer it in the right direction - but that the people of the US are good, and that is what is important. Because leaders change, but people do not. As we ate our lunch he told me about his five kids, his oldest is a 15-year old daughter. She is in 10th year/grade, but more extraordinary is that his wife is also in 10th year/grade. His wife was was illiterate, had never been to school before they moved to Kabul from Jalalabad. This guy encouraged his wife to go to school and for the past six years she has been learning along side her daughter, as a peer and student in the same class. The doctor told me how their conversations have changed, how proud he is to see her confidence grow and how open minded his wife has become. This man was in Nangahar the night the MOAB was dropped. He saw was in the car with friends when they saw a flash of light. They looked all around, up at the sky confused as there were no clouds so it couldn't be a storm or lightening. They never heard the bomb, but he described what was once a beautiful area of Afghanistan now has long term environmental damage to cope with. This doctor trains midwives, and since the bomb was dropped there have been alarming rates of still births in both people and animals in the area where the bomb fell. He went on and on and I wanted to hear more, but had to get back to work. Needless to say I look forward to working with him tomorrow as we document the issue of air pollution in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Magda Chodownik
Magda Chodownik
Cracow
#DeepBreath project has started in Benijin, China. Next cities are about to join soon!
#outriders
Beijing, China, was attacked by sandstorm yesterday, and the heavy wind in the morning is blowing the smog away #DeepBreath
Finished the interview with environmental expert, who is working with Natural Resource Defense Council. He said that although China is the biggest consumer of coal, it's making efforts to increase the proportion of clean energy.
Vishal Manve
Vishal Manve
Mumbai
While #China recorded 1.1 million deaths due to PM2.5 in 2015, India crossed 1.9 million deaths.
Vishal Manve
Vishal Manve
Mumbai
Dharavi expert Rajesh Prabhakaran, who researches on various communities living in #Asia's biggest slum believes awareness is key to reducing smog and air pollution related issues in #Mumbai. Not many people aware about the extent of problems and the dangerous health implications it can have on children and older generations. Mumbai, India
A man drives under the crossovers near China Central Television Tower which remains hidden on smoggy days. Benijin, China.
Benjamin Filarski
Benjamin Filarski
Kathmandu
Dusty streets of Kathmandu, Nepal

This is video, so click me, please.
Vishal Manve
Vishal Manve
Mumbai
Workers in Mumbai's #dharavislum face numerous health issues due to air pollution and smog.

In the pic: Two brothers who run a local business making pots are drying their freshly baked earth wares. Mumbai, India.
Maria de la Guardia
Maria de la Guardia
Kabul
Dr. Jamshid Shamsalam is a doctor of internal medicine at Al-Hayat Hospital in Kabul, Afghsnistan. He is featured today as part of @outrid3rs 24-hour series on smog and air pollution in major cities around the world.
"As I've experienced both as a resident of Kabul and a doctor, in the past 5-6 years the amount of respiratory diseases has increased in our capital as a result of air pollution. We are over populated, cars and factories increase our level of air pollution as well as in the winter when people heat their homes with fires, [burning wood and even plastic - what ever they can find]. I am a doctor in the emergency room and ER. I have had many patients who have cases of respiratory tract infections due to air pollution, dust and poor air quality. Especially the children, they are more prone as their lungs are developing and they do not have the immunity of adults. In all big cities we are finding air pollution to be a challenge. In Kabul we are suffering badly from air pollution that has dramatically worsened in the past five to six years."
Magda Chodownik
Magda Chodownik
Cracow
Good moring Cracow,
Soon, I will be heading to the office of Alarm Smogowy's (Smog Alert) activists to talk about this sky more!
Vishal Manve
Vishal Manve
Mumbai
According to @iitbombay, air polllution and smog lead to 80,665 premature deaths in India's Delhi & Mumbai in 2015.
Maria de la Guardia
Maria de la Guardia
Kabul
John Mohammed is a traffic policeman in Kabul, Afghanistan. He is featured today as part of @outrid3rs 24-hour series on smog and air pollution in major cities around the world.

Traffic police in Kabul, Afghanistan are exposed to increasing and endless amounts of toxins and air pollutants from car emissions. I was told how, due to security, the population of Kabul has surged in recent years as residents flee villages and provinces for more urban stability and safety. As a result the number of cars on the roads are far more than the city can cope with. In addition, cars not properly maintained and a lack of road rules further prolongs traffic jams. The traffic police work on 12-13 hour shifts. With no protection against the elements provided, many have developed lung cancers, respiratory diseases and suffer acute headaches. Approximately half of the workforce do not want to do this job due to the dangers they know air pollution poses on their health, but they also have no other choice.
Vishal Manve
Vishal Manve
Mumbai
Sneak peak inside #Dharavi that houses nearly 750,000 people in 500 acres of land. The area also popularly known as Asia's largest slum lies centrally in the middle of #India's financial capital, Mumbai.
Narrow dingy lanes, shanties and small settlements dot the area as various businesses including tanneries, pottery and plastic recycling businesses thrive here but also lead to major pollution for the metropolitan Mumbai.
In the video, you can see a small portion of Dharavi engulfed in smoke arising out of pottery workshops.
Maria de la Guardia
Maria de la Guardia
Kabul
Reporting for @outrid3rs: The level of air pollution in Kabul, Afghanistan ranks 4.6x more than the zone deemed safe by the World Health Organisation. In 2014, the Ministry of Public Health reported an average of 8 people die per day due to air pollution related diseases and medical issues - that is 30,060 per year. The leading killer being ischemic heart disease.
A couple kissed when the dust storm hit yesterday, and the smog was cleared out by wind this afternoon, but the smog index is still around 200. Benijin, China.
Vishal Manve
Vishal Manve
Mumbai
According to IIT-Bombay reports, air pollution and smog lead to 80,665 deaths in Mumbai and Delhi in 2015. Economically, it cost both the metros about $10.66 billion loss.
Today, I will be speaking to some families in Asia's biggest slum -- Dharavi about the health implications of pollution. Dharavi's Khumbar Wada produces pottery products and causes pollution for the city and its inhabitants live in small shanties filled with smog and smoke.
Benjamin Filarski
Benjamin Filarski
Kathmandu
On the ring road of Kathmandu city, a man wearing a mask drives his tricycle. Due to old vehicles and roads under construction, Kathmandu is one of the most polluted city in the world. Surrounded by mountains, the valley is like a basin in which pollution stagnate. Kathmandu, Nepal. May 5th, 2017.
Vishal Manve
Vishal Manve
Mumbai
In Mumbai, the worsening quality of air led to 64,037 emergency room visits due to respiratory ailments in 2015: #IITBombay.
I spoke to Deepak Singhadia and his family about pollution, living in smog filled areas and Mumbai's worsening air quality.
Mahmoud Kattab
Mahmoud Kattab
Cairo
I'm in Manshiyet Nasser, also known as Garbage city; where everything garbage is collected and recycled. Cairo is one of the densely populated and polluted cities in the world. With 22+ million residents in Greater Cairo, this is where most of the garbage is collected and recycled. Most people who live there develop different kinds of chest illnesses due to breathing pollutants, chemicals and residues that are involved in the recycling process.
Magda Chodownik
Magda Chodownik
Cracow
"Smog in Małopolska region has become a trademark of the area. Would this image attract new investors and contractors?", says the caption above Magdalena Kozlowska head, an activist within Polski Alarm Smogowy. "In same sense the caption is right.", she replies. "When we have started our inactive in 2012, everyone considered Cracow region as the only one affected. Then, it became kind of a the trademark. True is the other places in Poland are also suffering from the smog. It is not only Malopolska region."
Vishal Manve
Vishal Manve
Mumbai
A woman covers herself as smoke from nearby pottery businesses covers the entire vicinity. Mumbai, India
Brian Otieno
Brian Otieno
Nairobi
2 men working overtime at Victorious Bones Crafts - a bone processing plant in Kibera. Much of the work done here involves a lot white chalk-like dust filling up the environment around. Although the workers are very much aware that this might cause a respiratory disorder, not so much is taken into consideration since they are used to the pollution around them and they will work all day without any form of protection. Nairobi, Kenya
Magda Chodownik
Magda Chodownik
Cracow
Reporting from #krakowskialarmsmogowy office - a group of anti-smog activists based in Cracow, one of the most polluted cities in Poland.

For the last 5 years, the group manged to significantly rise awarness concerning the smog problem in Poland. "Sometimes, we hear people chatting in the public transportation about the smog." - they say. "Here in Cracow, it has become a very popular topic."
Vishal Manve
Vishal Manve
Mumbai
Haresh Singhadia makes pots and earthern wares using traditional methods here. His family of 30 members take part in the process which includes preparing the soil, shaping it, drying, heating it in flames and finally painting it. This is one of the micro industries prominent in Asia's biggest slum -- Dharavi. Nearly 1000 families in the vicinity depend on this profession for their sustenence despite the pollution and smog it creates for nearby hospitals. Experts claim the residents aren't aware of healthcare implications of burning wood / cotton that pollutes Mumbai's environment and air quality. Mumbai, India
Mahmoud Kattab
Mahmoud Kattab
Cairo
I'm in Manshiyet Nasser, also known as Garbage city; where everything garbage is collected and recycled. Cairo is one of the densely populated and polluted cities in the world. With 22+ million residents in Greater Cairo, this is where most of the garbage is collected and recycled. With time it turned into a profitable job. Most people who live there develop different kinds of chest illnesses due to breathing pollutants, chemicals and residues that are involved in the recycling process.
Mahmoud Kattab
Mahmoud Kattab
Cairo
Ahmed operates a machine that uses plastic that's collected and shredded into smaller pieces and turns them to different plastic based objects. I'm in Manshiyet Nasser, also known as Garbage city; where everything garbage is collected and recycled. Cairo is one of the densely populated and polluted cities in the world. With 22+ million residents in Greater Cairo, this is where most of the garbage is collected and recycled. With time it turned into a profitable job. Most people who live there develop different kinds of chest illnesses due to breathing pollutants, chemicals and residues that are involved in the recycling process.
Brian Otieno
Brian Otieno
Nairobi
Joshua is cutting bones into various shapes and sizes. This process produces a lot of dust which is harmful to the lungs. Nairobi, Kenya
Magda Chodownik
Magda Chodownik
Cracow
"When we started in 2012, we were called 'eco-terrorists'. Step by step, we made it to the point where the smog issue is considered an important social problem. After that, 20 other initiatives were created in Poland", said Magdalena Kozlowska from Krakowski Alarm Smogowy.

Speaking on behalf of Krakowski Alarm Smogowy, a group of anti-smog activists, she underlined they would keep working for smog-free Poland.
Mauricio Palos
Mauricio Palos
Mexico City
I'm arriving at UNAM where I'm meeting Mexican researcher Alejandra Fons, from the Institute of Atmospheric Science who leads a team of researches that creates data based on atmospheric deposit, specifically on the Pedregal reserve. They work in collaboration with local governments in order to help make the right decisions to combat pollution.
Mauricio Palos
Mauricio Palos
Mexico City
"When I do this job it's come to mind that when a I was a child on elementary school, sometimes teachers asked us not to go out during playtime because the pollution, today the day my child was born I was frightened to take her out of the hospital" Dr. Fonseca told me as we walked across the 237 acres reserve of the Pedregal where approximately 1500 species are endemic including plants and animals, Fonseca and her team believes that this is one of the few strong lungs the city holds and process pollution, but they fear that acid rain and atmospheric deposit might affect in a long term the ecosystem were approximately 20 million people live. Mexico City, May 2017
Magda Chodownik
Magda Chodownik
Cracow
Park in the city center, Cracow, Poland

The smog is not visible these days in Cracow. Despite this, according to reports, it causes 45 000 deaths in Poland a year
Mauricio Palos
Mauricio Palos
Mexico City
A couple walks through the Reserve of the Pedregal at UNAM. "What I want to achieve is to collect evidence so we can say that green areas help us and the need to preserve them, this is a cycle, all the atmospheric deposit that lands here, goes through the volcanic soil into the mantles aquifers, it's not only what we breed", says Dr. Fonseca. All the pollution that is generated north of the city eventually lands in the Reserve of the Pedregal. Mexico City. May 2017
Brian Otieno
Brian Otieno
Nairobi
In the morning at Victorious Bones Crafts in Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya, a group of artists are committed at work, grinding and softening bones to make fine jewelry and other home based accessories. This whole process involves a lot of dust coming from the bones, which in most cases can be harmful to their health.
Mahmoud Kattab
Mahmoud Kattab
Cairo
On assignment for @outrid3rs. A man stands on top of shredded plastic. I'm in Manshiyet Nasser, also known as Garbage city; where everything garbage is collected and recycled. Cairo is one of the densely populated and polluted cities in the world. With 22+ million residents in Greater Cairo, this is where most of the garbage is collected and recycled. With time it turned into a profitable job. Most people who live there develop different kinds of chest illnesses due to breathing pollutants, chemicals and residues that are involved in the recycling process.
Mauricio Palos
Mauricio Palos
Mexico City
Dr. Radolfo Sosa head of the Atmospheric science department of UNAM, poses for a portrait with biologist Pablo Sanchez. "I wanted to give chemical engineer an application that could benefit socially and protect that environment", Dr. Sosa told me during an interview. All the data that is created in the department helps researchers like the one Dr. Alejandra Fonseca is studying for her post PHD. Mexico City, May 2017.
Magda Chodownik
Magda Chodownik
Cracow
Googbye Cracow and thank you Krakowski Alarm Smogowy.
Stay green and clean!

Become story supporter

Interactive reportage will be released by the end of May. In order to make this story happen we are crowdfunding on Indiegogo. Join us today!

8 cities, 8 people – 1 story

Brian Otieno

Brian Otieno

Nairobi

Brian Otieno (born 1993) is a freelance photojournalist who operates an online photo project called “KiberaStories” since 2013. He was raised in Kibera – Africa’s most vibrant, biggest shantytown in Nairobi, Kenya. He is also a graduate from Multimedia University of Kenya with a Diploma in Journalism and Strategic Public Relations.

Brian’s passion and commitment lies in capturing the visual realities and documenting the norm of everyday life from the people around him, and sharing their stories.

His visual stories attempt to go beyond the chaotic appearance and to demonstrate the daily lives in Kibera from socio-economic, cultural, political and environmental perspectives. By doing so, Brian also tries to draw the attention of the public to understand the diversity, dynamics, and inequality of urban life as an observer with a unique point of view through photography.

In October 2016, Brian was among the 12 visual storytellers selected for the World Press Photo Masterclass East Africa Masterclass – the first in Africa, which took place in Nairobi, Kenya.

Mauricio Palos

Mauricio Palos

Mexico City

(b. SLP 1981) is an independent documentary photographer, cultural promoter and rancher who work mainly in North and South America. His work explores a variety of issues, which are strongly related to the effects of violence on migration and exile in the region due to political crises, gang violence, and drug trafficking and land conflicts. His first book My Perro Rano, Chronicles of Central America, was published in 2010 by Editorial RM and was recognized as one of the best photo books of 2011 by the BJP. He is currently producing his second book La Ley del Monte, an idea of ​​revolutionary Mexico from 1900 that investigates the power of the land and its relationship with the rural, political and social world in Mexico. He is a member of Boreal Collective and Director of Centro Cultural Tenexcalco Palos is one of the three grantees of the Foto Fria, visual traces of the Cold War in Latin America program, sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) of the United Kingdom on this year.

Chara

Chara

Beijing

Chara, photographer and multimedia journalist based in Beijing, China.

Maria de la Guardia

Maria de la Guardia

Kabul

Maria de la Guardia is an American, multi-awarded professional photo/video journalis based in Afghanistan. She has resided Africa, the Middle East and Asia for nearly a decade covering conflict and disasters with a humanitarian focus. She believes strongly in the potential to create change in the world and raise awareness through the power of storytelling – focusing largely on women’s issues, migration, poverty, and human rights. Her work has taken her to countries that include Sierra Leone, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Mexico and Mongolia. Be it photography, video or written articles, her work has been published by the Guardian, BBC, Al Jazeera, Upworthy, AFAR, the Diplomat, and Narratively among others. There is no where Maria will not go, though the more unexplored and in need of a voice the better.

Benjamin Filarski

Benjamin Filarski

Kathmandu

French/Polish photographer distributed by Hans Lucas.
Born in 1993, I take my first steps in photography while studying sociology at Paris 8 Saint-Denis University. I begin by photographing the Parisian demonstrations before launching on the international news such as Ukrainian revolution and Nepal earthquake. In 2016 I get my Bachelor of Sociology and Political Science. I have since worked as an independent photojournalist, both in France and abroad, on social subjects and spot news.
Beyond photography as such, I am above all animated by the subject I am going to address. The fixed image is the best means through which I will be able to witness the human condition by capturing fragments of human life and telling their story.
Based in Kathmandu (Nepal), I am a member of Studio Hans Lucas since June 2015.

Mahmoud Kattab

Mahmoud Kattab

Cairo

Mahmoud Khattab is a freelance photographer living in Cairo, Egypt. He works on impact of cities on people. Currently a contributing member of Everyday Africa.

Magda Chodownik

Magda Chodownik

Cracow

Journalist, reporter, photojournalist and researcher. After graduating from high school, she decided to continue her education outside of Poland where she was born. She spent 5 years in Paris, France studying at the Paris 8 University (Performing Arts), at the Higher School of Social Science, Ethics and Philosophy, and at the Catholic University of Lublin (Philosophy, department abroad). Later, she received a scholarship and studied at the University of Vienna, Austria (interdisciplinary). She also studied at the University of Ramkhamhaeng (Mass Communication) in Bangkok, Thailand. She took courses and is trained in: photography (European Academy of Photography, Warsaw, Poland), international communication (Institute of Innovation, Warsaw, Poland), media and human rights (ULIM University, Chisinau, Moldova), HEAT, Cyber Security. She participates in conferences both as a speaker and as a listener. She has been living in and reporting from: EU, Southeast Asia, Balkans, GCC, Eastern Europe and Caucasus. Her photographs has been exhibited in Ukraine and Poland. She is a part of Hacks Hackers Warsaw team. Working languages: Polish, English, French, Russian.

Vishal Manve

Vishal Manve

Mumbai

Vishal Manve is a journalist who focuses on business and foreign policy. Based in Mumbai, he currently works for Agence France-Presse (AFP) as an economics correspondent. He is a regular contributor at Global Voices and writes on technology and human rights.