Nyani Quarmyne/Panos Pictures

Kpando Torkor, Volta Region, Ghana

Vincent Oletey (14), cleans a fish trap while working as boat crew on Lake Volta alongside his brother Noah (12) and boat pilot Jonas Asideka.

Vincent and Noah spend up to six nights a week working on fishing canoes on Lake Volta. Rising at 03:00am, they they prepare their equipment and head onto the open water to empty and reset traps, or empty nets that have been set the night before, returning to shore around the middle of the day. It is taxing and extremely dangerous work, they have no safety equipment, and endure the risk of capsizing in the darkness due to the numerous submerged and partially-submerged tree stumps that rise up from the lake bed. When they are not doing unpaid work for the relative with whom they live, they work as hired hands, earning GHS 2.00 - 5.00 (GBP 0.24 - 0.61) per night. Both boys have very little education, as they only attend school when they are able to earn enough money to pay their own way, and when their work permits it.

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Nyani Quarmyne/Panos Pictures
Kpando Torkor, Volta Region
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41.72 x 27.77 cm (300 dpi)
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