Social Documentary: Mexico Garbage Dump Workers-Their Community, Struggles & Poverty

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Edge of Humanity Magazine

This social documentary photography was submitted to Edge of Humanity Magazine by Photographer David von Blohn.

From project “Linda Vista” by David von Blohn.

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A woman in a colourful dress typical for the indigenous community most of the migrants from Guatemala that work at the rubbish dump belong to, is carrying recycled paper on her head. During their work, the women and men are exposed not only to bad smell and toxic materials that, according to local activists, are unloaded by corporations at the rubbish dump, but also to the direct impact of sunlight at temperatures that can reach 40 degree Celsius. A woman in a colourful dress typical for the indigenous community most of the migrants from Guatemala that work at the rubbish dump belong to, is carrying recycled paper on her head. During their work, the women and men are exposed not only to bad smell and toxic materials that, according to local activists, are unloaded by corporations at the rubbish dump, but also to the direct impact of sunlight at temperatures that can reach 40 degree Celsius.

In search of opportunities and escaping the economic crisis in their country, indigenous Mayan families from Guatemala’s border region arrived around 20 years ago at the municipal rubbish dump of Mexico’s southern city Tapachula (State Chiapas)…

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