Trash Pickers

I took the photo of the little boy in the photo above just down the street from my apartment in Lima. It was garbage day and, along with his mom and dad and several siblings, this little guy had been walking from house to house in our barrio all afternoon sifting through the bags of garbage that people left on the curb for the garbage truck. He and his family members untied every bag, sifted through it, took out anything valuable and/or recyclable, and put it in the woven plastic bags that the boy’s standing in front of. All the bags and the load in the moto, the motorcyle car, are the family’s take for the day. It’s the boy’s job now to guard the stash until they get back.

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