Children run towards the entrance of La Chureca, Managua’s city dump. thumbnail
Turkey vultures and cows at La Chureca dump. thumbnail
People sort out valuable trash at the municipal waste disposal site La Chureca in Managua. thumbnail
A woman carries a sack at the garbage dump La Chureca. thumbnail
Scavengers pick through refuse at the municipal waste disposal site La Chureca in Managua. thumbnail
A young scavenger picking through refuse at the municipal garbage dump of Managua. thumbnail
Rosa Flores mourns in front of her sixteen years old dead son Edie. thumbnail
A young lad shifts through the rubbish at La Chureca city dump. thumbnail
Sergio Urbina a medical student takes blood samples from Carolina Sanchez, aged 16, who is pregnant. thumbnail
A young girl carries a sack at the garbage dump of La Chureca. thumbnail
Bayardo examines a toy that found at the garbage dump of La Chureca. thumbnail
Children run towards the entrance of La Chureca, Managua’s city dump.
Turkey vultures and cows at La Chureca dump.
People sort out valuable trash at the municipal waste disposal site La Chureca in Managua.
A woman carries a sack at the garbage dump La Chureca.
Scavengers pick through refuse at the municipal waste disposal site La Chureca in Managua.
A young scavenger picking through refuse at the municipal garbage dump of Managua.
Rosa Flores mourns in front of her sixteen years old dead son Edie.
A young lad shifts through the rubbish at La Chureca city dump.
Sergio Urbina a medical student takes blood samples from Carolina Sanchez, aged 16, who is pregnant.
A young girl carries a sack at the garbage dump of La Chureca.
Bayardo examines a toy that found at the garbage dump of La Chureca.

Children run towards the entrance of La Chureca, Managua’s city dump.

Turkey vultures and cows at La Chureca dump.

People sort out valuable trash at the municipal waste disposal site La Chureca in Managua.

A woman carries a sack at the garbage dump La Chureca.

Scavengers pick through refuse at the municipal waste disposal site La Chureca in Managua.

A young scavenger picking through refuse at the municipal garbage dump of Managua.

Rosa Flores mourns in front of her sixteen years old dead son Edie.

A young lad shifts through the rubbish at La Chureca city dump.

Sergio Urbina a medical student takes blood samples from Carolina Sanchez, aged 16, who is pregnant.

A young girl carries a sack at the garbage dump of La Chureca.

Bayardo examines a toy that found at the garbage dump of La Chureca.

La Chureca was the municipal dump of Managua in Nicaragua and has existed since 1972. Its size grew by thousands of tons of waste per day, and it was also home to over 170 struggling families. Approximately 1,500 people, most of them under the age of eighteen, used to earn a living by gathering items to reuse or resell from amongst the waste at the hazardous city dump.
In March 2013 the landfill was sealed and converted to a modern dispose system. Without doubt was one of the worst places to live and work in but on the other hand situated next to picturesque lake Managua the site had an unexpected bucolic beauty.