2011 January

La Chureca, Managua, First Visit 2

La Chureca, Managua, First Visit

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Continuing with the topic of the wealth generated by dumps, Small Steps visited la Chureca, a dump, which makes an estimated US$30m annually, from the waste is scavenged, sold and recycled each year. It has been alleged that €30m is being spent on the regeneration of La Chureca, once the biggest dump in Central America, certainly the most dangerous and, of all the dumps I have visited, certainly the most hostile and depressing. Almost every child over the age of…

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CORN ISLANDS RUBBISH, NICARAGUA

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Nicaragua’s beautiful, tropical, palm tree scattered, conch-filled Corn Islands was our first destination. We had heard stories of the staple diet being lobster but what we found was a ‘lobster factory’ on the dock from which no lobsters came and which, suspiciously, didn’t suffer the electrical blackouts that hit the rest of the island. Trees were chopped down to make lobster cages, which then sat empty and unused on the beach and lots of desperately poor fisherman, not actually fishing…

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