danil usmanov (kg)
NOOR - Dump-monster
Danil Usmanov is based in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) and currently works as a staff photojournalist for the newspaper “Evening Bishkek” and collaborates with other media. In 2013 he began studying at KGUC, and from 2015 at the photojournalism school DocDocDoc. Danil’s work was exhibited at the festival “Stars of the Silk Road” and he also participated in the educational program “Photojournalism and sound documentary” at Francekoul.com. He is currently working on several different projects.
The Bishkek sanitary landfill started operating 70 years ago and covers an area of more than 80 hectares. Its operational lifetime is already over, nevertheless it is still being used. Some of the people working in the dump have a home and a family but cannot find decently payed jobs. According to the last statistics, 512 people are working in the, and 20 of them are minors.
Fires are constantly fueled by the garbage, and the smoke as dangerous effects on the workers’ health. It has been reported that drunk workers fell asleep in the dumb and where victim of wild animals. Even if near the dump there is a housing project, some of the workers choose to leave in the dump without shelter to save more money.
Their work consists in sorting and collecting different materials (plastic, glass bottle, polyethylene among others) and sell them to the dealers on site. Sometimes they are paid in vodka rather than in cash and who tries to sell the material elsewhere is punished.
Many people spent their entire lives working here. Now the government is planning to open a new dump.