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Sep 14, 2018

In Mali, donkeys help with the fight against waste

In Mali, donkeys help with the fight against waste

In the Malian capital of Bamako, donkey carts driven by young men like 19-year-old Arouna Diabate play a vital role battling the fast-growing city's waste problem.

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A waste picker unloads garbage at a waste transfer station in Bamako, Mali, August 19, 2018. LUC GNAGO/REUTERS

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Donkeys, used to collect garbage, interact as they graze at a pasture in Bamako, Mali, August 19, 2018. R LUC GNAGO/REUTERS

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People search at a dump in Bamako, Mali, August 19, 2018. LUC GNAGO/REUTERS

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Men, who use donkeys to collect garbage, stand in line as they prepare to unload at a local waste transfer station in Bamako, Mali, August 24, 2018. LUC GNAGO/REUTERS

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A waste picker unloads garbage at a waste transfer station in Bamako, Mali, August 13, 2018. LUC GNAGO/REUTERS

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A man, who collects garbage using a donkey, drives his cart as he works in Bamako, Mali, August 24, 2018. LUC GNAGO/REUTERS

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Arouna Diabate, 19, who collects garbage using a donkey, drives his cart as he works in Bamako, Mali, August 15, 2018. "I won't be a driver of a waste-collecting donkey all my life, but for now people appreciate us because we help clean up the homes of Bamako," Diabate said. LUC GNAGO/REUTERS

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Waste pickers prepare to unload garbage at a waste transfer station in Bamako, Mali, August 19, 2018. LUC GNAGO/REUTERS

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Salif Diabate, 18, poses for a photograph before going for a walk with his friends in Bamako, Mali, August 21, 2018. LUC GNAGO/REUTERS

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Wooden beds are displayed next to a dump in Bamako, Mali, August 24, 2018. LUC GNAGO/REUTERS

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(L to R) Dramane Diallo, 19, Djibril Diabate and Amadou Keita, 21, sit at the pasture of their donkeys in Bamako, Mali, August 23, 2018. LUC GNAGO/REUTERS

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Djibril Diabate (R), 16, who collects garbage using a donkey, takes off his work clothes in Bamako, Mali, August 19, 2018. LUC GNAGO/REUTERS

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Arouna Diabate, 19, smokes as he sits at the donkey pasture in Bamako, Mali, August 23, 2018. "I won't be a driver of a waste-collecting donkey all my life, but for now people appreciate us because we help clean up the homes of Bamako," said Diabate. LUC GNAGO/REUTERS

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Djibril Diabate, 16, who collects garbage using a donkey, collects garbage as he works in Bamako, Mali, August 10, 2018. LUC GNAGO/REUTERS

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Arouna Diabate, 19, a waste picker, ties his shoelace as he prepares for a walk with his brothers and friends in Bamako, Mali, August 21, 2018. "I won't be a driver of a waste-collecting donkey all my life, but for now people appreciate us because we help clean up the homes of Bamako," Diabate said. LUC GNAGO/REUTERS

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Souleymane Doumbia, 27, who collects garbage using a donkey, poses for a photograph before going for a walk with his friends in Bamako, Mali, August 21, 2018. "I like this job because it allows me to buy clothes and put some money aside," Souleymane said. LUC GNAGO/REUTERS

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A man walks in a street in Bamako, Mali, August 21, 2018. LUC GNAGO/REUTERS

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Salif Diabate, 18, poses for a photograph before going for a walk with his friends in Bamako, Mali, August 21, 2018. LUC GNAGO/REUTERS

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