Haiti’s less fortunate scavenge landfills for useful goods

Children and adults scavenge for recyclables and other usable items at the Trutier dump on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, on March 7 in Haiti. Spencer Platt / Getty Images

Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti two years ago that killed an estimated 316,000 people and left even more people homeless, the number of scavengers at the Trutier landfill outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti has grown from about 200 to an estimated 2,000.

Scavengers hunt for usable items around a garbage truck at the Trutier Landfill in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. Spencer Platt / Getty Images

Much of Haiti is still in a crisis situation with tens of thousands living in tent camps in and around Port-au-Prince. A growing concern in the international community continues to be the potential flare-up between ex-members of Haiti’s armed forces and the current Haitian President Michel Martelly.

A lone man scavenges for recyclable and other usable items at the Trutier dump. Spencer Platt / Getty Images

Read more:http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/07/10603899-haitis-less-fortunate-scavenge-landfills-for-useful-goods#about_blog

Also view: http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/05/10585961-haiti-in-crisis-two-years-after-devastating-earthquake


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