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Mountain of garbage blights Manila

Payatas scavengers eke out a living, but international aid groups seek a new way

Women stitch together stuffed animals at a workshop sponsored by a Japan-based nonprofit organization. Mana Abe, center, works with the aid group. (Photo by Jun Endo)

MANILA -- Years of strong economic growth have markedly lifted living standards in the Philippines, but abject poverty remains a bitter fact of life for many people in this Southeast Asian country.

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