NUJ Photography Matters

• El Silencio, Concordia by Facundo Arrizabalaga

Jaquelina plays in the rubbish dump next to her home in El Silencio shanty town, Concordia, Argentina. Concordia is one of the poorest towns in the country and one of the main ways the inhabitants of this ‘villa’ live is by recycling rubbish in what has become known as ‘El Silencio’: the silence. This name stuck 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.

For more of Facundo Arrizabalaga's work, see: http://pa.photoshelter.com/c/lpn

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