Wednesday, November 08, 2006
The scavengers used to live in handmade shelters on this dusty plot of land near the school, but they got kicked out, allegedly to make way for some kind of development. We run a lot of stories in the paper about poor people who get cleared off land. Sometimes they even have government permission to settle in an area, but then a few years later somebody turns up with a bulldozer and some dubious ownership papers and knocks all the houses down. Or burns them down. Or has thugs come and threaten people until they leave. Now there's just a handful of families still living here.
The lot is dotted with piles of garbage that people bring back to sort through. There's also a hut full of plastic bottles awaiting recycling. And a couple of goats.