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Jakarta battles plastic waste as seas clog up

Konradus Epa |  31 March 2018

Kodir is not the only fisherman who lives on a rubbish dump in Jakarta Bay, watching his children grow up at risk from toxic waste as pollution sprawls out of control along with the overuse of plastic in the capital.

Dozens of other families in Muara Angke, a fisherman's community in the northern part of the Indonesian capital, also know what it means to wake up next to a waste site filled with hundreds of tons of filthy waste, mostly plastic.

Everyday Kodir's family and those of other fishermen who live adjacent to the seafront have to smell the pungent garbage. But they say they are used to it and try to ignore the smell because they have no other option.


Konradus Epa


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