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While scavengers and poor struggle to eat, Indonesians throw away millions of tons of food each year

Mountains of uneaten food are out of reach of the hungry

Sarmin collects garbage, including plastic bottles, in Jakarta to sell to buy food. (ucanews.com photo)

Konradus Epa, Jakarta
Indonesia

August 8, 2017

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Sarmin is one of the scavengers who every day wanders Jakarta, without sandals or shoes, collecting disposed of goods and reselling it to buy food.

Every day he brings an iron stick to sort out and pick up used materials. He then stores them in a plastic bag to sell to collectors. Although he only makes US$2 per day, he never gives up because he has no other option.

"I can't even eat rice every day, let alone fish," he said, because the money he earns is for his entire family, including his two children.

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