Mzansi Afrika

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Sunday, March 07, 2004

Dumpster Radio

Bantar Gebang, just outside the Indonesian capital Jakarta, is the biggest dumpsite of Indonesia (more than 100 hectares). Hundreds and hundreds of scavengers and their children live in the garbage and sift endlessly through the rubbish, hoping to find something that they can use or sell - earning a couple of dollars a day. Children of these scavengers have started their own community radio station with the help of professional radio producers and social workers. The station is owned and run by the children themselves. And the majority of the programs is produced by and for the children from Bantar Gebang. The stations studio is situated on the dumpsite close to the homes of the participating children. The station covers an area of 20 kilometer in diameter.