The nearly 600 people in Bukinje live in the direct catchment area of the largest Bosnian-Herzegovina coal-fired power plant, which produces almost 80% of the country’s electricity demand. Due to the high productivity and the environmentally harmful disposal of the toxins, the residents suffer massively from the presence of the power plant.
The toxic waste is pumped into the lakes, dries them out and contaminates the groundwater. Due to their precarious situation, many residents have to use their fruit and grow vegetables themselves, resulting in a variety of diseases. Nevertheless, people try to make the most of their situation and help get out of each other as best you can with medication and food. The efforts of the power plant and politicians to improve the situation for the residents are very limited.
Concrete walls at the riverbed, which are supposed to prevent the soil from being poisoned, have only been built in phases, air measuring stations nearby are switched off. In this project, Thomas Morsch and Magnus Terhorst documented everyday life in Bukinje and draw a portrait of the small village and its inhabitants. They deal with what it feels like to live next to such a power plant and how fatal the consequences are.
This is a project together with Thomas Morsch