Waste of Managua, Nicaragua

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Basurero La Chureca - The 'waste basket of Chureca' has existed since the
late 1980's in the Acahualinca district of Managua, Nicaragua. It covers 42
hectares, is bombarded with thousands of tonnes of waste a day and is home
to over 170 struggling families. By day over 1500 more Nicaraguans arrive
at the site, many of whom are children who have been sent by their parents,
others como by their own initiative. All compete with the adults to find, harvest
and; later re-sell 'recyclable' material. Of the minors who go to the 'La
Chureca' 88% have respiratory problems, 62% suffer from parasites and 42%
have serious skin diseases.
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