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  • Junk shops line this intersection where scavengers drop off and haul away bags of recyclable material at the Smokey Mountain dump site, Manila Bay, Philippines, Dec. 12, 2013. (Simone Orendain for VOA)
  • A pickup game complete with uniforms, referees and announcers at the Smokey Mountain dump site basketball court, surrounded by piles of trash bags, Manila Bay, Philippines, Dec. 12, 2013. (Simone Orendain for VOA)
  • Wood scavengers make the long trek to the coal-making operation on the fringes of the Smokey Mountain dump site, Manila Bay, Philippines, Dec. 12, 2013. (Simone Orendain for VOA)
  • A coal worker gets ready to haul away freshly made coal, which sells for a little more than $10 a bag, Smokey Mountain dump site, Manila Bay, Philippines, Dec. 12, 2013. (Simone Orendain for VOA)

Manila's Smokey Mountain Dump Site

Published December 18, 2013

In Manila’s poorest neighborhood Tondo, the dump site along Manila Bay is home to about 5,000 families. People have been living on garbage in this part of the Philippine capital for about five decades.


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