A giant dump in Indonesia - home to several thousand families
• The huge landfill in Indonesia - home to several thousand families
At 19 kilometers from the Indonesian city of Jakarta is Bantar Gebang - the largest in Southeast Asia open landfill where dumped industrial waste and sewage flock. Every day the landfill imported 9,000 tons of garbage.
This gigantic dump - home to several thousand people, and some of the children were born there and know no other life. French photographer Alexander Sattler went on Bantar Gebang and made it a series of shocking images.
landfill residents use it as a way to earn money: they are looking for items that can be resold among the debris. Sattler called it "dirt world" or "vile world."
"When I arrived at the Bantar Gebang dump, I saw that many families live there. My biggest shock: what some consider the waste becomes a resource for others. The extent of inequality shocking. Some discarded fruits and vegetables, and for others it's food.
The conditions for life there is dreadful: odors, bacteria, harmful to health ... Families with children settle there in makeshift houses without drinking water and without access to medical care. Children live in the middle of trash and debris same play. Some walk barefoot, so children are not uncommon injury: the land is strewn with sharp objects. One family showed me a stack of his son with an open wound - then I felt helpless. " Alexander Sattler
"Some of the children seemed to me happy and carefree. But I suspect that is only because they have nothing to compare their lives and they do not know that it could have been better.
The children have taught me that the joy is, even in the worst situations. I saw children playing happily, they are happy to spend time with me: they showed me their homes with toys, was introduced to the parents. Since they can not compare themselves with their children, who live outside of the waste mountains, they seem to be happy. "
"Compared with children adults seemed to me submissive, they showed little emotion. It seems that they have adapted to their position, but did not take it for real. I was touched by their friendliness and kindness. "
Reza Bonard, who lived in the past on this dump, doing everything possible to improve the living conditions of former neighbors. She was lucky: she was in high school outside the site and got out of there. But she returned to teach Indonesians from the landfill to the way out of poverty.
Bonard with his friend from the UK, John Devlin created organization BGBJ, which stands for "seed Bantar Gebang". The organization opened the dump hostel and community center, which deals with education. Founders BGBJ believe that local children (it is their metaphorically called "seeds") it is possible to educate and teach successful life in the outside world.
Sattler says that everyone can help the poor:
"pollution - a global problem, it is relevant everywhere. One of its solutions - to rethink our way of life and consumption, in order to understand how to reduce pollution, producing fewer goods. To help families with the landfill Bantar Gebang, please contact your local association, which make it directly to: improve living conditions (water, hygiene, nutrition) and help children to go to school. "