Lamagashu North Public Latrine Manager
Yini regards the pile of raw sewerage that he has manually emptied from the septic tank.
Yini, 24, has been married five years and has two children. He has also managed the Lamagashu North public latrine for five years. He took the job as he was unemployed and had little formal education. He sweeps and maintains the latrine, and tries to manage the dumping of rubbish.
When asked how the community regards his work, Yini says “they call me ‘toilet man’. When people come to dump rubbish, I try to direct them but sometimes they just ignore me and insult me.”
Yini’s job is made more difficult for the lack of municipal support. The rubbish skip on site has not been emptied for ten years, as there is no longer any truck available that can lift it. Rubbish is dumped around the skip and picked up periodically.
The septic tank for the latrine is overdue for siphoning, and Yini must periodically take a bucket and empty it onto the waste dump. Remarkable, Yini says that his work at the latrine has never made him sick.
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- Geoff Bartlett
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