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What is it like to live along the railway tracks when every ten minutes a train passes by just a couple of meters from your home.

It is a very usual scene for people who are living beside the active railway tracks in slum areas of Indonesia’s rapid growing and overpopulated capital Jakarta.

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Jonathan Holding His One-Month-Old Daughter After Coming Back From His Work

Jonathan Holding His One-Month-Old Daughter After Coming Back From His Work

He used to make a living by busking in the streets with his guitar, but now after baby was born he started to work at a construction company to make more money for his family. He is living in a small house besides the railway tracks.

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Bob 2.0
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The sad thing here is that he's probably one of the luckier ones, actually having a house and decent job (I assume it's decent, I don't know how much money he gets). Good for him!

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This Woman Makes A Living By Collecting Plastic And Recycling It

This Woman Makes A Living By Collecting Plastic And Recycling It

On a good days she can earn up to 5 euros a day. It is a very common way to make money of people who are living in a slum area.

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Alex Craig
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I want to acknowledge these photos yet it seems a crass to like these photos. They are raw and ugly but so important to highlight the chronic unbalance between rich and poor. So I like them in acknowledgment of the power of what they are showing.

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Woman Is Sitting Comfortably On The Railway Tracks While Train Is Passing By Just A Couple Of Meters Behind Her

Woman Is Sitting Comfortably On The Railway Tracks While Train Is Passing By Just A Couple Of Meters Behind Her

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Kids Are Playing Next To Their House Beside The Active Railway Tracks. The Only Playground They Have

Kids Are Playing Next To Their House Beside The Active Railway Tracks. The Only Playground They Have

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Ladon Hopkins
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This photo brings me joy. Look at the innocence in their smiles. They are happy no matter what the circumstances are. Powerful!

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Young Girl Drying Herself After Shower. There Are Very Few Facilities In The Slum, People Bath With Water That Comes From A Small Well Next To The Tracks

Young Girl Drying Herself After Shower. There Are Very Few Facilities In The Slum, People Bath With Water That Comes From A Small Well Next To The Tracks

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People Lives In Small Shacks That They Built Themselves Or Rented From Someone. Rent Prices On Average Are Around 20 Euros Per Month For A Small Room

People Lives In Small Shacks That They Built Themselves Or Rented From Someone. Rent Prices On Average Are Around 20 Euros Per Month For A Small Room

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Karen Chaddock
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's amazing to see such a beautiful smile as this woman has, despite their tragic living conditions.

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Kids Are Playing With Fire On An Active Railway Tracks In A Slum Area Next To Jakarta Kota Train Station. It Is The Only Playground They Have

Kids Are Playing With Fire On An Active Railway Tracks In A Slum Area Next To Jakarta Kota Train Station. It Is The Only Playground They Have

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Agnes Jekyll
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So dangerous. My goodness--the lights of those trains in the distance look so menacing.

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Woman With Her Grandchildren In Their Little Room. 5 People Are Living In This Small Room

Woman With Her Grandchildren In Their Little Room. 5 People Are Living In This Small Room

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Sandra DeRosia
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

But one thing is universal no matter your situation grandchildren equal happiness

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Men Are Playing Chess Next To The Active Railway Tracks. Trains Pass By Approximately Every 10-20 Minutes

Men Are Playing Chess Next To The Active Railway Tracks. Trains Pass By Approximately Every 10-20 Minutes

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Daria B
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These are playing next to the railway, but how about those in the background.....

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People Collecting All Kind Of Goods From The Garbage Damp Next To The Slum Area

People Collecting All Kind Of Goods From The Garbage Damp Next To The Slum Area

They use it to build or fix their homes. Also people can use a lot of recyclable material that they can sell it.

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Muslims Are Praying In The Mosque In One Of The Slums Of Jakarta

Muslims Are Praying In The Mosque In One Of The Slums Of Jakarta

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Aris And His 13 Years Old Daughter In Their Home

Aris And His 13 Years Old Daughter In Their Home

Aris never went to school and he does not know how to read or write. It is very hard for him to find better job. His daughter just stopped going to school and now started to work at the local restaurant. She earns only 30 euros per month.

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Kids Are Playing With A Balloon While Sitting On The Active Railway Tracks In A Slum Area Next To Jakarta Kota Railway Station

Kids Are Playing With A Balloon While Sitting On The Active Railway Tracks In A Slum Area Next To Jakarta Kota Railway Station

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Small Alleys Of The Slum Area After Sunset

Small Alleys Of The Slum Area After Sunset

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Plastic Collector Aris. He Usually Starts Working At 3am And Walks Though Jakarta All Day Collecting. He Can Easily Walk 20-30 Kilometers A Day

Plastic Collector Aris. He Usually Starts Working At 3am And Walks Though Jakarta All Day Collecting. He Can Easily Walk 20-30 Kilometers A Day

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Taryn Wallace
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I will say now I don't know a whole lot about the culture or the economy of Indonesia however I will say that seeing someone trying to make it in life and then pointing out the stuff he "should" do is kind of crappy to me. I'm going to say there probably isn't a lot of education about tobacco in his country and as for the tattoos for all you know they were free. Also you don't know if he is actually smoking tobacco or some weed he found on the side of the road. I just hate how we find it so easy to judge other people for what they are doing wrong instead of giving them a little credit for trying

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Transgender In Their House

Transgender In Their House

Transgender are struggling to get accepted and have a rights in conservative Indonesian society. Most of them are living in a slum areas of Jakarta.

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Muslims Are Praying In The Mosque Besides The Railway Tracks

Muslims Are Praying In The Mosque Besides The Railway Tracks

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Woman With One Leg Is Walking On The Active Railway Tracks In A Slum Area Next To Jakarta Kota Train Station

Woman With One Leg Is Walking On The Active Railway Tracks In A Slum Area Next To Jakarta Kota Train Station

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Girl Is Playing Next To Her Home On The Active Railway Tracks In One Of The Slums Of Jakarta

Girl Is Playing Next To Her Home On The Active Railway Tracks In One Of The Slums Of Jakarta

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Giulia Betke
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i love the contrast between the bright bink of her dress and grey surrounding, the way she is playing with that old rope breaks my heart, she looks so tired

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Women Sitting Comfortably On The Active Railway Tracks

Women Sitting Comfortably On The Active Railway Tracks

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A C
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why does this keep saying "comfortably"?! Doing what you must, sitting where you can, surviving in poverty dosen't necessarily equal comfort!!

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Father And Son Walking Along The Active Railway Tracks

Father And Son Walking Along The Active Railway Tracks

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Family Is Watching The Train That Is Passing By Next To Their Home

Family Is Watching The Train That Is Passing By Next To Their Home

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