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A cane plantation worker in Zapote, Nicaragua (treesftf/Flickr)

The northwestern Nicaraguan town of La Isla has lost so many of its residents in recent years that locals have unofficially renamed it “La Isla de las Viudas,” or island of widows. The victims, mostly men, all die from the same cause – kidney failure. They have something else in common too: they all worked in the nearby sugar cane fields.

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A fascinating story which, amongst other things, highlights the need for widely available and inexpensive dialysis.