Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Squatter

Squatter-houses / North Sulawesi / Indonesia

http://minahasato.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/squatter/

6 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

  1. Not at all, Madhu. A squatter occupies land which doesn’t belong to him. These are poor Muslim farmworkers from the overcrowded western province Gorontalo, but they are not so poor that they wouldn’t gamble (which is strictly forbidden in Indonesia), drink alcohol and posess oversized sound-systems which are quite a terror for their neighbors. And of course they steal what they could reach and accumulate big piles of garbage. But one of their neighbors is me, who complained several times in vain. So I bought the land and put them out. They moved to the next place and left their garbage as a souvenir.

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  2. Yes, Veronica, we are lucky, more diciplined, more respectful about our invironment and the rights of others. And we have more sophisticated needs which doesn’t include gambling.

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  3. It would probably surprise you, Janet, how happy these people usually are and how easily they are taking their lives. And it happens in a very different climate where no one has to care about some dangerous coldness.

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