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Angels of The Dump 3 by henster311 Angels of The Dump 3 by henster311
this is a story ive been working on since i got back from guatemala, well i worked on it there, but putting it together now. i would appreciate if you followed this link looked at the story as a whole. to me its much more then single images.


On April 2nd 2009 I met Claudia (11) and her sisters, Carmen (10) and Mercedes (7). They live in a small 3 building rental made of scrap steel and wood with a communal courtyard and dirt floors and a surprisingly beautiful view of Ciudad Vieja and the volcanos that surround. Living with them are their brothers and other young kids from near by homes. Claudia and her mother grabbed a ride from us to the local dump in Alotenango. Once there, they toiled mercilessly under the hot sun sifting burning trash to find plastic, aluminum and other scrap metals as well as games, toys and clothing. The girls have been in and out of school for the past several years but their parents need the income they make collecting trash so school has never been a priority. Both Claudia and Carmen have such angry faces, and their voices sounded as if they were 30, most likely due to constantly breathing in black smoke from burning trash. The group consists of the two sisters, two other girls from their shared home, Claudia and Carmens mom, and a man. All together they collect around 160 quetzalas a week. Which turns out to be $20, split between 3 families.

I found this family with the help from The God's Child Project for trafficked, exploited and missing persons.The project is concerned that the girls have had very little formal education and that the next logical step in their development will to become prostitutes at one of the local brothels. I was told from Charlie, who heads the project, that they may already have had some physical or sexual abuse. Being there changed me. I've always heard of these types of things, but actually being there with them was totally different. I smelled what they smelled, I coughed when they coughed, I felt what they felt. With the help of the God's Child Project and the incredible people that work with them these girls might have the smallest glimmer of hope.

©tayler aubin
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misaki246 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
This is so touching and heart wrenching.It only goes to show how some people in other parts of the world live.We have so much to thank God for,yet sometimes we are ungrateful.Let's stop and thank God for our many blessings,instead of grumbling about what we don't have.
Exsanguination8 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
I love this kind of photojournalism. Keep up the good work. It's amazing.
henster311 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
thank you, i really appreciate that!
corpseweles Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
This is an amazing picture, well done !
xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Hello! :] You've been featured here -> [link]
Stunning Photo!!
StereoCatastrophe Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist
Really touching! Great shot!
henster311 Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Professional Photographer
thanks :)
StereoCatastrophe Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist
You're welcome :)
Danutza88 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello!:) This photo was featured here: [link] :huggle:
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Nadija Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
Powerful !
kombinat Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
missclaustrophobic Featured By Owner May 20, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
its an amazing thing that you actually have captured all of their misery and pain in these pictures...well done mate...
henster311 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
i know this is old, but thank you, really...thanks, its much appreciated
ScurvyNicole Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
this one is my favorite of all of them.
irishgirl1984 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Beautiful and heartbreaking work. Thank you so much for posting these. I agree with samaelsevanhadar's comments. I hope your work gets this situation the attention it so desperately needs.
samaelsevanhadar Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009   Artisan Crafter
This should be on the title page on every fucking newspaper so that everyone can see how perverse our society is.
Keep on the great work!
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Submitted on
April 14, 2009
Image Size
5.6 MB


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Camera Data

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/1000 second
Focal Length
99 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Apr 2, 2009, 12:09:02 AM