Working among rats and needles for 70p a day: life on Madagascar’s mega dump – in pictures

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About 3,000 people work gruelling 10-hour shifts at Ralalitra, one of Africa’s largest rubbish sites. Doctors fear it could become a breeding ground for plague

Photographs by Toby Maguire/Results UK

Fanja Randriamihavo, 15, is one of 3,000 people who live and work in Ralalitra, one of Africa’s largest rubbish dumps. The site, in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, spans about 50 acres. Each day, it receives more than 600 tonnes of waste from the capital and from the three million residents of its sprawling suburbs.

People who work on the dump site collect metals, coal and plastic from among the chaotic mess of needles, rats, faeces and aborted babies. They are paid just 3,000 Malagasy ariary ( 70p) a day.

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