[Taken from wikipedia article] Agbogbloshie is just northwest of the central business district of Accra and is situated on the banks of the Korle Lagoon, once intended to be an ecological project. Traffic flows in and out of the area daily as thousands of people visit the large food and goods markets situated near the main road. Extending back from the road and covering an area of approximately four acres is one of the largest slums in the city; home to over 40,000 inhabitants who are mostly migrants from rural areas and growing daily.
The slum area was once a wetland and became a place of shelter for refugees fleeing an inter-tribal war in the North of Ghana during the 1980s. Now the population consists of economic migrants from northern and rural parts of Ghana. Adequate living standards in the north and rural areas are becoming increasingly difficult to maintain, causing people to move to urban settings. Conditions may not be significantly better, but making a living is easier. Inhabitants of Agbogbloshie live, eat, work and relieve themselves on the land and amongst the waste that’s dumped in the area.