Jakarta, Indonesia 2017-2018
Mak Muji, 56 years-old, is a trash picker living in Cikiting Udik, the biggest of the three villages of trash pickers arose surrounding and inside Bantar Gebang, Jakarta’s landfill.
Mak Muji is also the only midwife for the roughly 18,000 landfill villagers. She is highly respected and loved by the whole community. Since she moved in the trash pickers’ community, 13 years ago, she has been helping hundreds of mothers giving birth, among garbage. Her invaluable aid is the only free health care that these poor people can have access to.
The photo of Mak Muji on top of Bantar Gebang waste heap has been awarded the overall prize Earth Photo 2019 by the Royal Geographical Society in London, June 2019.