Peace Corps Philippines: Smokey Mountain
Smokey Mountain behind us. Looking with the naked eye it “appears” better than what you would normally find on Google images because there is no longer visible trash but grass was just thrown on top of the decomposing trash, meaning it is still toxic environment to the inhabitants living on top of this trash mound with chemicals and terrible smells lingering in the air. The second image was the river below us. I was so taken aback by the fact that I would look down the river to the left and see a greenish yellow liquid gushing into the river from a giant tank labeled "National Housing Authority: Sewage Treatment Plant" and with a turn on my head down to the right, I see children playing in this river, washing their hair and bathing in this same river that is being contaminated. My gut reaction was to scream to them from the roof and tell them to get out of the water. The third disturbing image was the skyline of Manila. It was the clearest representation you can will probably find of the economic disparity. On the bottom half of this picture you see housing that is constructed of pretty much anything that can be used for shelter. It's near the water so any strong wind or storm will send some of these floating down stream. However, the the left corner of the picture in the horizon you can see the faint silhouette of skyscrapers. I will let you draw your own conclusions.
Photo Credits: Kellee
-The Natural Travelista
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