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Rubbish is often transported to the peripheries of our cities. Kibarani is a dump site on the outskirts of Mombasa in Kenya. Several thousand people live here in complete poverty, picking through the mountains of waste, looking for plastic or metal they can sell on for recycling. There's no clean water, sanitation, schools or permanent houses. Most Kibarani residents are migrants from the surrounding rural areas who have not been able to find a job in the city. We meet Assha and her family, who live in Kibarani. They are modern day hunter-gatherers who have adapted to survive in this unique, man-made environment.
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16 March 2011

Classroom Ideas

Use as a stimulus for discussion about children's rights. Refer to United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Could be used as the basis for a discussion about the amount of waste we produce and whether the exemplar is actually good practice in terms of recycling. Students could consider recycling waste issues closer to home. The clip could highlight issues relating to rural to urban migration.

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