Believe It Or Not, These Kids Are Standing In Front Of The Place They Call Home
If you’ve ever passed by a dump or landfill in the heat, you know it’s considerably less than pleasant. You probably got away from it–or at least upwind–as fast as possible. If imagining evenpassing by a dump in the heat is unpleasant for you, imagine living in it.
That was actually a reality in Cambodia up until a few years ago. There was a huge garbage dump where people lived, day in and day out, on top of trash.
And this was only one of many dumps like it.
As shocking as it might seem to us, this wasn’t even considered a terrible life by the people who lived it. They had homes and they were paid for sorting through the trash. Some of the trash would be burned in huge, open-air fires, and some would be salvaged.
The people living and working here didn’t have much, but they made do with what they had.
In 2009, the Cambodian government closed down Rubbish Mountain and ousted the community living there. What happened to them? We’re not sure. We know that many were relocated, and that they would have had to have looked for other jobs, despite probably lacking training. Whatever their fates, we hope it was better than this!
This was not the only dump in Cambodia–or in the world–to be occupied by humans. Scenes like the ones you see here are still happening the world over. Hopefully, the people living these shocking lives can receive some assistance and build better lives for themselves and their children.