"Pickers" eek out a living at the Koshe Landfill site in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Each picker specializes in metal, foam or PVC pipe that they'll later resell. Most make less than $1 per day, having few other options for work.   Due to the toxic chemicals that leech into the ground, the government will soon be closing Koshe for a "greener" solution. The new site will be an enclosed, secured facility which none of the roughly 300 people  living here will be allowed onto. Few know what they will do to eat once the site closes permanently.

"Pickers" eek out a living at the Koshe Landfill site in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Each picker specializes in metal, foam or PVC pipe that they'll later resell. Most make less than $1 per day, having few other options for work.

Due to the toxic chemicals that leech into the ground, the government will soon be closing Koshe for a "greener" solution. The new site will be an enclosed, secured facility which none of the roughly 300 people  living here will be allowed onto. Few know what they will do to eat once the site closes permanently.

  Koshe Garbage Dump.  In landfills that do not cover their waste, biological decomposition creates substantial heat causing the materials to spontaneously combust.     The constant plumes of smoke make breathing difficult, for the roughly 300 people who work & live here.   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Koshe Garbage Dump.  In landfills that do not cover their waste, biological decomposition creates substantial heat causing the materials to spontaneously combust.

The constant plumes of smoke make breathing difficult, for the roughly 300 people who work & live here.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

  Tesfaye Belayne's-- an 80 year old ex-soldier-- makes his home in a over turned metal dumpster    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Tesfaye Belayne's-- an 80 year old ex-soldier-- makes his home in a over turned metal dumpster

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

  Tesfaye Belayne, 80 years old, was a soldier for the Ethiopian dictator Mengistu. After the leader fled the country on charges of genocide, the army went without work.    Tesfaye ended up here, making roughly 10 Birr a day (less than 50 cents usd) collecting foam, which allows him to purchase a singe small meal each day. Pictured here in his home, which he made in an upside down garbage dumpster.

Tesfaye Belayne, 80 years old, was a soldier for the Ethiopian dictator Mengistu. After the leader fled the country on charges of genocide, the army went without work.

Tesfaye ended up here, making roughly 10 Birr a day (less than 50 cents usd) collecting foam, which allows him to purchase a singe small meal each day. Pictured here in his home, which he made in an upside down garbage dumpster.

  In landfills that don't cover their waste, biological decomposition creates substantial heat causing materials in the landfills to spontaneously combust. There are constant plumes of smoke which make breathing difficult.

In landfills that don't cover their waste, biological decomposition creates substantial heat causing materials in the landfills to spontaneously combust. There are constant plumes of smoke which make breathing difficult.

 Female picker searches for pieces of wood to sell. She carries her bounty on a makeshift board , strapped to her back.

Female picker searches for pieces of wood to sell. She carries her bounty on a makeshift board , strapped to her back.

  Piles of cheap Chinese-made plastic shoes are seen everywhere in Africa, generally on the poorest of people. Shoddily made, they fall apart fairly quickly, finding their end in landfills.

Piles of cheap Chinese-made plastic shoes are seen everywhere in Africa, generally on the poorest of people. Shoddily made, they fall apart fairly quickly, finding their end in landfills.

 Roughly 40% of pickers are women, who often work with the more exacting materials like metal. Here, Astrid ( mother of 3) sifts through a smoldering pile of rubbish with a thin rod.

Roughly 40% of pickers are women, who often work with the more exacting materials like metal. Here, Astrid ( mother of 3) sifts through a smoldering pile of rubbish with a thin rod.

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  In landfills that don't cover their waste, biological decomposition creates an abundance of heat allowing the materials in the landfill to spontaneously combust. The constant plumes of smoke make breathing difficult.   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

In landfills that don't cover their waste, biological decomposition creates an abundance of heat allowing the materials in the landfill to spontaneously combust. The constant plumes of smoke make breathing difficult.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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  Koshe Garbage Dump.  In landfills that do not cover their waste, biological decomposition creates substantial heat which causes material in the landfills to spontaneously combust. There are constant plumes of smoke which make breathing difficult   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Koshe Garbage Dump.  In landfills that do not cover their waste, biological decomposition creates substantial heat which causes material in the landfills to spontaneously combust. There are constant plumes of smoke which make breathing difficult

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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 Roughly 40% of the pickers are women with most foraging for metals, which requires a more meticulous hand. The women sift through piles of burning rubbish for tiny pieces of metal that they'll be able to sell.   

Roughly 40% of the pickers are women with most foraging for metals, which requires a more meticulous hand. The women sift through piles of burning rubbish for tiny pieces of metal that they'll be able to sell.

 

 Koshe landfill was originally built on the outskirts of town but as the city grew, it expanded around to the landfill. Now, many neighborhoods are buttressed against the landfill, so the noxious smell of burning plastics and plumes of smoke are seen near homes.

Koshe landfill was originally built on the outskirts of town but as the city grew, it expanded around to the landfill. Now, many neighborhoods are buttressed against the landfill, so the noxious smell of burning plastics and plumes of smoke are seen near homes.

 Western nations often sell E-waste to developing countries in Africa, China & India.

Western nations often sell E-waste to developing countries in Africa, China & India.

 Donated clothing from the U.S. & Europe  often ends up in developing nations. Pictured here, 14 year Tesfaye. When his parents divorced, he was left with his grandparents. They too old to work, didnt have enough money to buy food for themselves let alone another mouth. At the age of 6, Tesfaye began working in the landfill as a picker.

Donated clothing from the U.S. & Europe  often ends up in developing nations. Pictured here, 14 year Tesfaye. When his parents divorced, he was left with his grandparents. They too old to work, didnt have enough money to buy food for themselves let alone another mouth. At the age of 6, Tesfaye began working in the landfill as a picker.

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  Refuse can be seen floating about the landfill site , along with smoke from the constantly burning fires   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Refuse can be seen floating about the landfill site , along with smoke from the constantly burning fires

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

  Koshe Garbage Dump.  In landfills that don't cover their waste, biological decomposition creates substantial heat which causes material in the landfills to spontaneously combust. There are constant plumes of smoke which make breathing difficult for   its residents   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Koshe Garbage Dump.  In landfills that don't cover their waste, biological decomposition creates substantial heat which causes material in the landfills to spontaneously combust. There are constant plumes of smoke which make breathing difficult for its residents

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

  "Pickers" eek out a living at the Koshe Landfill site in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Each picker specializes in metal, foam or PVC pipe that they'll later resell. Most make less than $1 per day, having few other options for work.   Due to the toxic chemicals that leech into the ground, the government will soon be closing Koshe for a "greener" solution. The new site will be an enclosed, secured facility which none of the roughly 300 people  living here will be allowed onto. Few know what they will do to eat once the site closes permanently.
  Koshe Garbage Dump.  In landfills that do not cover their waste, biological decomposition creates substantial heat causing the materials to spontaneously combust.     The constant plumes of smoke make breathing difficult, for the roughly 300 people who work & live here.   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  Tesfaye Belayne's-- an 80 year old ex-soldier-- makes his home in a over turned metal dumpster    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  Tesfaye Belayne, 80 years old, was a soldier for the Ethiopian dictator Mengistu. After the leader fled the country on charges of genocide, the army went without work.    Tesfaye ended up here, making roughly 10 Birr a day (less than 50 cents usd) collecting foam, which allows him to purchase a singe small meal each day. Pictured here in his home, which he made in an upside down garbage dumpster.
  In landfills that don't cover their waste, biological decomposition creates substantial heat causing materials in the landfills to spontaneously combust. There are constant plumes of smoke which make breathing difficult.
 Female picker searches for pieces of wood to sell. She carries her bounty on a makeshift board , strapped to her back.
  Piles of cheap Chinese-made plastic shoes are seen everywhere in Africa, generally on the poorest of people. Shoddily made, they fall apart fairly quickly, finding their end in landfills.
 Roughly 40% of pickers are women, who often work with the more exacting materials like metal. Here, Astrid ( mother of 3) sifts through a smoldering pile of rubbish with a thin rod.
GarbageDumpIMG_4429.jpg
GarbageDumpIMG_4446R.jpg
  In landfills that don't cover their waste, biological decomposition creates an abundance of heat allowing the materials in the landfill to spontaneously combust. The constant plumes of smoke make breathing difficult.   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
GarbageDumpIMG_4554R.jpg
  Koshe Garbage Dump.  In landfills that do not cover their waste, biological decomposition creates substantial heat which causes material in the landfills to spontaneously combust. There are constant plumes of smoke which make breathing difficult   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
GarbageDumpIMG_4665R.jpg
 Roughly 40% of the pickers are women with most foraging for metals, which requires a more meticulous hand. The women sift through piles of burning rubbish for tiny pieces of metal that they'll be able to sell.   
 Koshe landfill was originally built on the outskirts of town but as the city grew, it expanded around to the landfill. Now, many neighborhoods are buttressed against the landfill, so the noxious smell of burning plastics and plumes of smoke are seen near homes.
 Western nations often sell E-waste to developing countries in Africa, China & India.
 Donated clothing from the U.S. & Europe  often ends up in developing nations. Pictured here, 14 year Tesfaye. When his parents divorced, he was left with his grandparents. They too old to work, didnt have enough money to buy food for themselves let alone another mouth. At the age of 6, Tesfaye began working in the landfill as a picker.
GarbageDumpIMG_4596.jpg
  Refuse can be seen floating about the landfill site , along with smoke from the constantly burning fires   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  Koshe Garbage Dump.  In landfills that don't cover their waste, biological decomposition creates substantial heat which causes material in the landfills to spontaneously combust. There are constant plumes of smoke which make breathing difficult for   its residents   Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

"Pickers" eek out a living at the Koshe Landfill site in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Each picker specializes in metal, foam or PVC pipe that they'll later resell. Most make less than $1 per day, having few other options for work.

Due to the toxic chemicals that leech into the ground, the government will soon be closing Koshe for a "greener" solution. The new site will be an enclosed, secured facility which none of the roughly 300 people  living here will be allowed onto. Few know what they will do to eat once the site closes permanently.

Koshe Garbage Dump.  In landfills that do not cover their waste, biological decomposition creates substantial heat causing the materials to spontaneously combust.

The constant plumes of smoke make breathing difficult, for the roughly 300 people who work & live here.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Tesfaye Belayne's-- an 80 year old ex-soldier-- makes his home in a over turned metal dumpster

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Tesfaye Belayne, 80 years old, was a soldier for the Ethiopian dictator Mengistu. After the leader fled the country on charges of genocide, the army went without work.

Tesfaye ended up here, making roughly 10 Birr a day (less than 50 cents usd) collecting foam, which allows him to purchase a singe small meal each day. Pictured here in his home, which he made in an upside down garbage dumpster.

In landfills that don't cover their waste, biological decomposition creates substantial heat causing materials in the landfills to spontaneously combust. There are constant plumes of smoke which make breathing difficult.

Female picker searches for pieces of wood to sell. She carries her bounty on a makeshift board , strapped to her back.

Piles of cheap Chinese-made plastic shoes are seen everywhere in Africa, generally on the poorest of people. Shoddily made, they fall apart fairly quickly, finding their end in landfills.

Roughly 40% of pickers are women, who often work with the more exacting materials like metal. Here, Astrid ( mother of 3) sifts through a smoldering pile of rubbish with a thin rod.

In landfills that don't cover their waste, biological decomposition creates an abundance of heat allowing the materials in the landfill to spontaneously combust. The constant plumes of smoke make breathing difficult.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Koshe Garbage Dump.  In landfills that do not cover their waste, biological decomposition creates substantial heat which causes material in the landfills to spontaneously combust. There are constant plumes of smoke which make breathing difficult

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Roughly 40% of the pickers are women with most foraging for metals, which requires a more meticulous hand. The women sift through piles of burning rubbish for tiny pieces of metal that they'll be able to sell.

 

Koshe landfill was originally built on the outskirts of town but as the city grew, it expanded around to the landfill. Now, many neighborhoods are buttressed against the landfill, so the noxious smell of burning plastics and plumes of smoke are seen near homes.

Western nations often sell E-waste to developing countries in Africa, China & India.

Donated clothing from the U.S. & Europe  often ends up in developing nations. Pictured here, 14 year Tesfaye. When his parents divorced, he was left with his grandparents. They too old to work, didnt have enough money to buy food for themselves let alone another mouth. At the age of 6, Tesfaye began working in the landfill as a picker.

Refuse can be seen floating about the landfill site , along with smoke from the constantly burning fires

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Koshe Garbage Dump.  In landfills that don't cover their waste, biological decomposition creates substantial heat which causes material in the landfills to spontaneously combust. There are constant plumes of smoke which make breathing difficult for its residents

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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