Welcome to Smokey Mountain: a huge garbage dump where thousands of Filipinos live, showing remarkable resiliance and spirit.
Aside from poverty and malnutrition, the health risks include tuberculosis, lead poisoning and skin disease. So why do families choose to live here?
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"I've grown up as a scavenger and I will die scavenger" says Manuel, a worker on the dump for over 17 years. With high levels of injury and infection, and virtually no financial rewards, why do over 4,000 Filipinos choose to stay? For Victoria, family bonds and well as the need to help and inspire future children on the site keep them here: "Even if it's hard, we're happy. We're happy because we're all together."