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Kazakhstan. Aralsk Central regional Hospital. Pediatry ward. The mother Roza Zhamalkova (R) holds her son Zhansultan Sagyngaliyev (L) in her arms. The boy is sick and suffers from anemia. The world's man-made environmental disaster with the dried up Aral Sea due to overuse of water resources during the time of former Soviet Union causes environmental effects of industrial pollution with Aral sea to dry up, hot winds whirled up sand and salt causing the population to suffer from respiratory and stomach diseases, anemia, tuberculosis and throat cancers. Aralsk is located in the Kyzyl Orda Province. © 2008 Didier Ruef ..