NUJ Photography Matters

• El Silencio by Facundo Arrizabalaga

A man stands with a knife in El Silencio, Concordia, Argentina, where violence is a serious problem with residents. Next to and inbetween the Concordia’s main rubbish dumps 80 families live in what has become known as ‘El Silencio’ (the silence), so called because of the way the families search for rubbish in silence.

Since the currency devaluated in Argentina in 2001, recycled materials increased in value. The residents of El Silencio sell the plastic and tin they salvage from the rubbish to recycling factories to supplement their meagre social benefits.

Facundo Arrizabalaga is a news photographer based in London.

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