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Bangladesh failing to spare millions from arsenic poisoning


KHIRDASDI, Bangladesh — For more than two decades, Nasima Begum and her family have been drawing water from a well painted red to warn Bangladeshi villagers that it's tainted by arsenic. They know they're slowly poisoning themselves.

"We use this water for washing, bathing and drinking," she said. There simply is no other option. Taking loans from neighbors to care for her ailing husband and four children, Begum, 45, has nothing left to invest toward digging a new well that goes deeper to reach safe water.


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