Yula is just like any ordinary Russian teenager: she experiments with makeup, dyes her blonde hair red and then blonde again, and falls in love for the first time.

Her living conditions, however, are far from average.

She lives on Europe's biggest landfill, situated less than 20km from the centre of Moscow.

In this unearthly place, trucks and forklifts drive to and from shifting an endless supply of rubbish.

Together with her mother, a handful of other children, and outcasts, Yula spends her days foraging in the filth for food, for shelter material, and for something to do. But she holds her head up high, lives her life and dares to dream of a little apartment of her own.

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Source: Al Jazeera