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Life in a Cambodian rubbish dump
Workers at the Anlong Pi landfill near Siem Reap live and breathe toxic chemicals on a daily basis.
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Anlong Pi, Cambodia - Just a few dozen kilometres away from the world-famous Angkor temples, about 300 people have lived for the last three years in a rapidly expanding rubbish dump - fighting the daily realities of extreme poverty.

Since 2010, the situation in the Anlong Pi dump has worsened. An exponential increase in trash discarded in Siem Reap doubled the capacity of the landfill, resulting in harmful chemical and biological reactions between organic and inorganic compounds.

These toxic bi-products are washed away by rainwater, contaminating soil and groundwater, or emitted into the atmosphere after being burned in the form of gases polluting the air. Over the past two years, workers at Along Pi have begun setting ablaze large areas of waste in order to make space for new rubbish.

The combination of these factors has made the air increasingly dangerous for the health of the Anlong Pi residents, who breathe in toxic fumes on a daily basis.

The deterioration of air quality is just one of several factors that have gradually made life in Anlong Pi unsuitable for any human being. In recent months, visits by tourists to the dump have increased considerably, turning extreme poverty into a tourist attraction without considering the psychological impact of these visits for the inhabitants of Anlong Pi.


/ Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

Two residents of the Anlong Pi rubbish dump in Siem Reap prepare their dinner. Meat is rare in their daily meals. Often small children hunt mice using slingshots, and for special occasions, residents buy stray dogs to kill and consume from nearby villages for $10.



/ Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

Two women play with some leaves at the end of their daily work. Only a few families live permanently in the dump.



/ Omar Havana/Al Jazeera
A resident works at night time with the help of a head torch. The people who live there suffer from health problems due to toxic air particles.


/ Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

Residents who live at the dump work during the night with headlamps.



/ Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

A young girl walks among tonnes of waste while holding a teddy bear that she found while digging through rubbish. More than 100 children work every day in Anlong Pi.



/ Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

A young scavenger searches for recyclable goods while surrounded by toxic smoke. The landfill has doubled its size in the past two years, and the resulting toxic products are washed by rainwater, contaminating soil and groundwater.



/ Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

Young scavengers search for recyclable material amid tonnes of waste. Of the 300 people working in the Anlong Pi dump, more than 100 are children.



/ Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

A girl reads a book that she found in the waste. Despite help provided by local organisations to inhabitants of Anlong Pi, education levels are low, with only a few knowing how to read and write.



/ Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

Workers at the Anlong Pi dump collect recyclable material from a pile of waste.



/ Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

Scavengers work in circles slashing trash, a dangerous process as people use picks in close proximity to each other.



/ Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

With the accumulation of rubbish over the last three years, the low weight of children allows them to search in the middle of the landfill where tonnes of waste is piled over water.



/ Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

A man takes a nap during the hottest hour of the day at his home in the landfill. The scavengers use hammocks as beds where they rest before continuing their search for plastic, metal and copper.



/ Omar Havana/Al Jazeera

A group of workers start their search for recyclable material directly from the rubbish truck. A kilogramme of trash is only worth a few cents.




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Two residents of the Anlong Pi rubbish dump in Siem Reap prepare their dinner. Meat is rare in their daily meals. Often small children hunt mice using slingshots, and for special occasions, residents buy stray dogs to kill and consume from nearby villages for $10.

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Two women play with some leaves at the end of their daily work. Only a few families live permanently in the dump.

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Residents who live at the dump work during the night with headlamps.

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A young girl walks among tonnes of waste while holding a teddy bear that she found while digging through rubbish. More than 100 children work every day in Anlong Pi.

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A young scavenger searches for recyclable goods while surrounded by toxic smoke. The landfill has doubled its size in the past two years, and the resulting toxic products are washed by rainwater, contaminating soil and groundwater.

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Young scavengers search for recyclable material amid tonnes of waste. Of the 300 people working in the Anlong Pi dump, more than 100 are children.

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A girl reads a book that she found in the waste. Despite help provided by local organisations to inhabitants of Anlong Pi, education levels are low, with only a few knowing how to read and write.

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Workers at the Anlong Pi dump collect recyclable material from a pile of waste.

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Scavengers work in circles slashing trash, a dangerous process as people use picks in close proximity to each other.

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With the accumulation of rubbish over the last three years, the low weight of children allows them to search in the middle of the landfill where tonnes of waste is piled over water.

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A man takes a nap during the hottest hour of the day at his home in the landfill. The scavengers use hammocks as beds where they rest before continuing their search for plastic, metal and copper.

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A group of workers start their search for recyclable material directly from the rubbish truck. A kilogramme of trash is only worth a few cents.

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Two residents Anlong Pi rubbish dumps in Siem Reap prepare their dinner. Meat is rare in their daily meals. Often, small kids hunt mice using slingshots, and for special occasions, the residents of the landfill buy dogs from the nearest villages for ten dollars.

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Two residents Anlong Pi rubbish dumps in Siem Reap prepare their dinner. Meat is rare in their daily meals. Often, small kids hunt mice using slingshots, and for special occasions, the residents of the landfill buy dogs from the nearest villages for ten dollars.

‚??Living in the Angkor Hell‚??. Anlong Pi, Siem Reap. Cambodia. 2010-2013 Photography: A©Omar Havanahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cambodian_rubbish_dumps/slideshow/aliving-in-the-angkor-hella-anlong-pi-siem-reap-cambodia-2010-2013-photography-aomar-havana/ae12d8f021ba90c0648407921857659b

Two women living in the Anlong Pi landfill near the temples of Angkor play with some leaves at the end of their daily work. Only a few families live permanently in the dump.

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Two women living in the Anlong Pi landfill near the temples of Angkor play with some leaves at the end of their daily work. Only a few families live permanently in the dump.

‚??Living in the Angkor Hell‚??. Anlong Pi, Siem Reap. Cambodia. 2010-2013 Photography: A©Omar Havanahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cambodian_rubbish_dumps/slideshow/aliving-in-the-angkor-hella-anlong-pi-siem-reap-cambodia-2010-2013-photography-aomar-havana/148dd693a64913e314d9a8b30e399014

A resident works at night time with the help of a head torch. The people who live there suffer from health problems due to toxic air particles.

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A resident works at night time with the help of a head torch. The people who live there suffer from health problems due to toxic air particles.

‚??Living in the Angkor Hell‚??. Anlong Pi, Siem Reap. Cambodia. 2010-2013 Photography: A©Omar Havanahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cambodian_rubbish_dumps/slideshow/aliving-in-the-angkor-hella-anlong-pi-siem-reap-cambodia-2010-2013-photography-aomar-havana/444ed4eee350f0361be2d4b7cbd6fc15

Only residents who live at the dump work during the night in near darkness.

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Only residents who live at the dump work during the night in near darkness.

‚??Living in the Angkor Hell‚??. Anlong Pi, Siem Reap. Cambodia. 2010-2013 Photography: A©Omar Havanahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cambodian_rubbish_dumps/slideshow/aliving-in-the-angkor-hella-anlong-pi-siem-reap-cambodia-2010-2013-photography-aomar-havana/9c1078ff0d29f37fa4cc3eb04d9bfb87

One young woman walks among tons of waste while holding a teddy bear that she found while digging in the rubbish. More than one hundred children work every day in Anlong Pi.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cambodian_rubbish_dumps/slideshow/aliving-in-the-angkor-hella-anlong-pi-siem-reap-cambodia-2010-2013-photography-aomar-havana/9c1078ff0d29f37fa4cc3eb04d9bfb87 Omar Havana/Al Jazeera‚??Living in the Angkor Hell‚??. Anlong Pi, Siem Reap. Cambodia. 2010-2013 Photography: A©Omar Havana

One young woman walks among tons of waste while holding a teddy bear that she found while digging in the rubbish. More than one hundred children work every day in Anlong Pi.

‚??Living in the Angkor Hell‚??. Anlong Pi, Siem Reap. Cambodia. 2010-2013 Photography: A©Omar Havanahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cambodian_rubbish_dumps/slideshow/aliving-in-the-angkor-hella-anlong-pi-siem-reap-cambodia-2010-2013-photography-aomar-havana/ffdaaf5d33e196b6ac51cbedceaca9cc

A young scavenger searches for recyclable material while surrounded by toxic smoke. The landfill has doubled its size in the past two years, and the resulting toxic products are washed by rain water, contaminating soil and groundwater.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cambodian_rubbish_dumps/slideshow/aliving-in-the-angkor-hella-anlong-pi-siem-reap-cambodia-2010-2013-photography-aomar-havana/ffdaaf5d33e196b6ac51cbedceaca9cc Omar Havana/Al Jazeera‚??Living in the Angkor Hell‚??. Anlong Pi, Siem Reap. Cambodia. 2010-2013 Photography: A©Omar Havana

A young scavenger searches for recyclable material while surrounded by toxic smoke. The landfill has doubled its size in the past two years, and the resulting toxic products are washed by rain water, contaminating soil and groundwater.

‚??Living in the Angkor Hell‚??. Anlong Pi, Siem Reap. Cambodia. 2010-2013 Photography: A©Omar Havanahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cambodian_rubbish_dumps/slideshow/aliving-in-the-angkor-hella-anlong-pi-siem-reap-cambodia-2010-2013-photography-aomar-havana/3b78734e564e7b3324c8db3348a44811

A group of young scavengers search for recyclable material amid tons of waste. Of the 300 people working in the Anlong Pi dump, more than 100 are children.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cambodian_rubbish_dumps/slideshow/aliving-in-the-angkor-hella-anlong-pi-siem-reap-cambodia-2010-2013-photography-aomar-havana/3b78734e564e7b3324c8db3348a44811 Omar Havana/Al Jazeera‚??Living in the Angkor Hell‚??. Anlong Pi, Siem Reap. Cambodia. 2010-2013 Photography: A©Omar Havana

A group of young scavengers search for recyclable material amid tons of waste. Of the 300 people working in the Anlong Pi dump, more than 100 are children.

‚??Living in the Angkor Hell‚??. Anlong Pi, Siem Reap. Cambodia. 2010-2013 Photography: A©Omar Havanahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cambodian_rubbish_dumps/slideshow/aliving-in-the-angkor-hella-anlong-pi-siem-reap-cambodia-2010-2013-photography-aomar-havana/13ddc580fb91fb56ccaf6e3b6f988d64

A young girl reads a book that she found in the waste. Despite help provided by local organizations to the inhabitants of Anlong Pi, education levels are very low, with only few of the workers knowing how to read and write.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cambodian_rubbish_dumps/slideshow/aliving-in-the-angkor-hella-anlong-pi-siem-reap-cambodia-2010-2013-photography-aomar-havana/13ddc580fb91fb56ccaf6e3b6f988d64 Omar Havana/Al Jazeera‚??Living in the Angkor Hell‚??. Anlong Pi, Siem Reap. Cambodia. 2010-2013 Photography: A©Omar Havana

A young girl reads a book that she found in the waste. Despite help provided by local organizations to the inhabitants of Anlong Pi, education levels are very low, with only few of the workers knowing how to read and write.

‚??Living in the Angkor Hell‚??. Anlong Pi, Siem Reap. Cambodia. 2010-2013 Photography: A©Omar Havanahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cambodian_rubbish_dumps/slideshow/aliving-in-the-angkor-hella-anlong-pi-siem-reap-cambodia-2010-2013-photography-aomar-havana/7c8cb16e50a8b11df7a3479aa00bbfe8

A group of workers of the Anlong Pi dump work in circles collecting recyclable material from a pile of waste.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cambodian_rubbish_dumps/slideshow/aliving-in-the-angkor-hella-anlong-pi-siem-reap-cambodia-2010-2013-photography-aomar-havana/7c8cb16e50a8b11df7a3479aa00bbfe8 Omar Havana/Al Jazeera‚??Living in the Angkor Hell‚??. Anlong Pi, Siem Reap. Cambodia. 2010-2013 Photography: A©Omar Havana

A group of workers of the Anlong Pi dump work in circles collecting recyclable material from a pile of waste.

‚??Living in the Angkor Hell‚??. Anlong Pi, Siem Reap. Cambodia. 2010-2013 Photography: A©Omar Havanahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cambodian_rubbish_dumps/slideshow/aliving-in-the-angkor-hella-anlong-pi-siem-reap-cambodia-2010-2013-photography-aomar-havana/43c0a27a32c2c5de5d4b5e1e67ad8d31

The enclosed circle is a dangerous process as people use picks in close proximity to each other.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cambodian_rubbish_dumps/slideshow/aliving-in-the-angkor-hella-anlong-pi-siem-reap-cambodia-2010-2013-photography-aomar-havana/43c0a27a32c2c5de5d4b5e1e67ad8d31 Omar Havana/Al Jazeera‚??Living in the Angkor Hell‚??. Anlong Pi, Siem Reap. Cambodia. 2010-2013 Photography: A©Omar Havana

The enclosed circle is a dangerous process as people use picks in close proximity to each other.

‚??Living in the Angkor Hell‚??. Anlong Pi, Siem Reap. Cambodia. 2010-2013 Photography: A©Omar Havanahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cambodian_rubbish_dumps/slideshow/aliving-in-the-angkor-hella-anlong-pi-siem-reap-cambodia-2010-2013-photography-aomar-havana/4d0ff48b658936f43f4fbfc6c1992797

With the accumulation of rubbish over the last three years, the low weight of children allows them to search in the middle of the landfill where tons of waste are piled over water.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cambodian_rubbish_dumps/slideshow/aliving-in-the-angkor-hella-anlong-pi-siem-reap-cambodia-2010-2013-photography-aomar-havana/4d0ff48b658936f43f4fbfc6c1992797 Omar Havana/Al Jazeera‚??Living in the Angkor Hell‚??. Anlong Pi, Siem Reap. Cambodia. 2010-2013 Photography: A©Omar Havana

With the accumulation of rubbish over the last three years, the low weight of children allows them to search in the middle of the landfill where tons of waste are piled over water.

‚??Living in the Angkor Hell‚??. Anlong Pi, Siem Reap. Cambodia. 2010-2013 Photography: A©Omar Havanahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cambodian_rubbish_dumps/slideshow/aliving-in-the-angkor-hella-anlong-pi-siem-reap-cambodia-2010-2013-photography-aomar-havana/4781cb1e4a837b4b815c1464bea0713c

One of the men that work in the Anlong Pi dumps takes a nap during the hottest hour of the day at his home in the landfill. The scavengers use hammocks as beds where they rest before continuing their search for plastic, metal and copper.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cambodian_rubbish_dumps/slideshow/aliving-in-the-angkor-hella-anlong-pi-siem-reap-cambodia-2010-2013-photography-aomar-havana/4781cb1e4a837b4b815c1464bea0713c Omar Havana/Al Jazeera‚??Living in the Angkor Hell‚??. Anlong Pi, Siem Reap. Cambodia. 2010-2013 Photography: A©Omar Havana

One of the men that work in the Anlong Pi dumps takes a nap during the hottest hour of the day at his home in the landfill. The scavengers use hammocks as beds where they rest before continuing their search for plastic, metal and copper.

‚??Living in the Angkor Hell‚??. Anlong Pi, Siem Reap. Cambodia. 2010-2013 Photography: A©Omar Havanahttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cambodian_rubbish_dumps/slideshow/aliving-in-the-angkor-hella-anlong-pi-siem-reap-cambodia-2010-2013-photography-aomar-havana/2e6a8566e878db1e5e700ff34a98676d

A group of workers start their search for recyclable material directly from the rubbish truck. A kilogram of trash is only worth a few cents.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Cambodian_rubbish_dumps/slideshow/aliving-in-the-angkor-hella-anlong-pi-siem-reap-cambodia-2010-2013-photography-aomar-havana/2e6a8566e878db1e5e700ff34a98676d Omar Havana/Al Jazeera‚??Living in the Angkor Hell‚??. Anlong Pi, Siem Reap. Cambodia. 2010-2013 Photography: A©Omar Havana

A group of workers start their search for recyclable material directly from the rubbish truck. A kilogram of trash is only worth a few cents.



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