For some living in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, making a living from other people’s waste is their only means of survival.
Portuguese photographer Jose Ferreira traveled to the Huléne garbage dump, not far from the city’s airport, and captured the harsh reality of life in this “trash land.”
Ferreira says that what struck him most was that despite the hardship, he found some of the “best people” he had ever met.
"Despite all the circumstances of how they live, they keep on showing their kindness and happiness and hospitality," he said. "We don’t find these human qualities in many places in the world."
Ferreira explains that he met two types of people in the dump: the homeless and the “garbage collectors.” “Many of them living there depend on trash to survive, some search for food, others for types of recycling materials to sell to the factories,” he said.
Untouchables by William Albert Allard
1. Amrutbhai Savasya, scavenger caste, Gujarat, 2002
2. Woman in a rock quarry, Bihar, 2002
3. Boy playing, Bihar, 2002
4. Untouchable midwife with discarded baby, Bihar, 2002
5. Street Market in Untouchable neighborhood, Mumbai, 2002
6. Laxman Singh, Rajasthan, 2002
7. Ramprasad and Ramlakhan, Uttar Pradesh, 2002
8. Child of the Dhobi caste, Yamuna River, Delhi, 2002
This photo, along with a couple others of mine, were featured in this months Relevant Magazine article on sex slavery. The article speaks to the processes and trials in rescuing someone from human trafficking. Read the article on page 48 of the magazine here: http://www.relevantmagazine.com/issue-67-januaryfebruary-2014
An insight into sex slavery
Last year, the Italian photographer Vittoria Mentasti travelled to Canada to pursue the story of the Inuit people of Nunavut, the northernmost region of the Canadian Arctic. “I became interested in this story because of how completely removed it is from the consciousness of most Americans,” Mentasti said. A look at her photos: http://nyr.kr/1gaFoz7
Photographs by Vittoria Mentasti.
Kash Harvest, India
Photograph by Biswajit Patra
Source: National Geographic