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Heavy machinery used in the dump sits in the background, temporarily parked, while a goat meanders by in the foreground.

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In fact goats, which will eat practically anything, are all over the dump and its outskirts. Wooden protective "A-Frames" have been secured to their necks to keep them from sticking their necks and bodies through fences and such.

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Closeup of some goats with A-Frame collars.

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Meanwhile, impoverished men are scavenging for anything worth using or selling on the blackmarket. They often have no protective gear other than what they can procure in a dump riddled with toxins and often inundated with foul air.

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Closeup of scavengers

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This is the medical waste dump area of the site.

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Georgianne takes a shot to my left as both of us take photos of this medical wasteland, with syringes, needles and vomit bags strewn all over the place.

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Meanwhile, behind me, beyond the medical site, a Caterpillar backhoe is burying garbage.
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Closeup of the Caterpillar

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In the far distance of the dump, you can see smoke from mounds of burning refuse wafting into the air, while smoke fans out with the winds.

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Bulldozers and workers barely discernible in the clouds of smoke

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Now we are trying to get past a guard shack to investigate the sewage holding pool or "pond". The worker in the orange safety vest tries giving us a hard time, but we had already had a tortured telephone conversation with the powers-that-be to finally procure passage anywhere in the dump.

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Up ahead, sewage disposal trucks are discharging their toxic loads.
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Embarrassingly, this includes the Haitian Red-Cross,

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and a joint Red-Cross/Red-Crescent truck, and others, such as JEDCO, embarrassing because these life-saving NGOs and even the businesses know that their sewage may very well pollute populated areas down the line. But they will tell you that there is nowhere else they can dump their toxic cargoes in the area, and they may be right. But what are THEY doing to resolve this problem?

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Closeup of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Truck

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for mentioning the mutual experience, Mac. Nice jo... by Georgianne Nienaber on Monday, Apr 25, 2011 at 7:39:50 AM