When I arrive for the first time in 2017 on the Andralanitra’s landfills on the outskirts of Antananarivo capital of Madagascar, I meet workers in mountains of garbage that make me immediately think of workers in the land or of the sea.
In their way of returning garbage as we return the land, I see peasants there. Drowned in a sea of garbage, wearing straw hats, they work imperturbably “against wind and tide” like sailors in search of the rare pearl. A piece of copper recovered on pants, coal, a still edible fruit. You have to rake wide to eat, and why not, earn some money on resale.
Courage of these scavengers who try every day to survive against and with the wind of modernity.
Christian Barbé 2017
In the Andalanitra's landfill in Madagascar, they work imperturbably "against all odds" ...