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In pictures: Ramadan in Indonesia’s tent city
Hundreds of Indonesians live on a 500-metre stretch of railway in small tents in the capital, Jakarta.
28 Aug 2009
Some of the tent dwellers live on $2 a day collecting plastic and cardboard from morning until the afternoon.
During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, residents use the little money they have to cook meals of potatoes and vegetables.
The scene is one of abject poverty, where residents go about their daily routines amid piles of refuse.
When the area is raided, the tent dwellers leave with their belongings, only to return the next day.
Many children make up the second and third generation of families living by the railways.
Residents sleep adjacent to the railways, but many say the sound of passing trains does not wake them anymore.
Residents have set up a market by the railways, as a place to scavenge for vegetables that have been thrown out and will be used for their dinners.
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