The Dump is about some of the most silent and abused people in the world. They are the unfortunate, who have been forced to spend their lives on and around the notorious Cambodian garbage dumps. It is a journey along a road of poverty, humiliation and oceans of tears with no end and no apparent hope for the future. This book is also a tribute to the most persistent people on earth, who refuse to give up the only thing they have - their pride as human beings. After decades of an extremely brutal domestic war, Cambodia today is a fragile, tropical paradise with incomprehensible corruption and a total lack of human rights. For a large group, "being Cambodian" doesn't mean that you're part of something bigger. It means that you're part of a mental and physical holocaust that never ceases. Still, the mothers, fathers and children of these garbage dumps far better represent the pride of humanity than most of us.
"Peppe Arninge manages to portray the lives of the vast garbage dumps outside Phnom Penh and the images leave no one indifferent"
Mattias Goldmann/Swedish TV4
"A strong story and even stronger images. The Dump is a chronicle of a growing social problem in which the children, as always, are the big losers. A book in true photojournalistic spirit. I recommend it warmly!"
Michael Persson, Photographer
"With his shocking pictures, Peppe Arninge wants to open up for discussions around the ineffective development policies"
Staffan Ejderstedt, Vastmanlands Lans Tidning (major Swedish newspaper)
"This book shows some extraordinary photos taken by Mr. Arninge in Cambodia. These pictures are not easy to view, seeing children digging through trash, fighting day by day other children, adults, rats, dogs and disease for a few scraps brought me to tears. This book is one that every single person should see but one that is so hard to look at. I am at a lost for words as to how to review it. It is very powerful and well written/photographed"
Rita Hernandez (Book reviewer)
"The feeling of despair, hopelessness, extreme poverty and most of all - humiliation screams across the pages. Along with the notable images, Mr. Arninge includes some text which calls for reflection - not much text but together with the images one could feel the emotions swell"
Zohar Laor (Man of La Book)