It is very dif­fi­cult to watch how chil­dren laugh and dance, liv­ing in piles of rub­bish. The air is filled with harm­ful fog, which con­sists of the smoke of burn­ing tires. Tox­ic gas­es min­gle with the stench of rot­ting meat and decay­ing veg­eta­bles. All these hor­rors of the land­fill are seen every day by many peo­ple liv­ing on its ter­ri­to­ry.

life in the dump

A child swings in a bas­ket in a land­fill. Some­times old­er chil­dren skip school to take care of their younger sib­lings while their par­ents work at the land­fill.

In con­tin­u­a­tion of the theme of life and work in land­fills, we pub­lish one more, far from the last selec­tion. Mae Sot is a Thai bor­der town. It bor­ders Bur­ma to the west. Bur­ma is known for wide­spread human traf­fick­ing, so many peo­ple leave this coun­try and are ready to live even in land­fills.

Par­ents and grand­par­ents are wor­ried about the future of their chil­dren.

The peo­ple who live in this dump do not look unhap­py because they are used to see­ing some­thing good in the garbage that sur­rounds them. They eas­i­ly invent enter­tain­ment for them­selves from the garbage, which is steadi­ly brought in from dif­fer­ent areas.

life in the dump

To sur­vive in such dif­fi­cult con­di­tions, every minute of work counts. Life in the land­fill is gloomy.

Before reach­ing the land­fill, the truck stops at the offi­cial recy­cling cen­ter. Here, employ­ees who are also refugees choose the most valu­able things for recy­cling: thick plas­tic, glass, paper and tin. Those who live and work in the land­fill itself find only the remains of these valu­able ele­ments.

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Animals - babies of the desert

Flies, rats and even snakes are con­stant­ly found in piles of garbage.

Waste dis­pos­al is a very dan­ger­ous job. Not only inhala­tion of tox­ic ele­ments is dan­ger­ous, but also acci­den­tal cuts by glass, rusty objects, and much more.