Catalonia, Spain. 2020
Modou and Daouda arrived in Sabadell (Barcelona) in 2017. Since then they have lived, or rather, they survive off the collection of scrap metal they find on the street, either inside the containers or, hopefully, from the city’s residents -.
They live in an apartment with 4 people and pay rent € 150 for head. They get up every day at 7 in the morning and fold at 5 in the afternoon. During these 10 hours they walk more than 10 kilometers. With a full cart, if they have it, they go to the nearest different points of purchase of scrap metal and cables and there they sell what they have collected. The maximum they get for day is €10. There are days when they come home empty-handed. These scrap metal warehouses buy iron from people like Madou and Daouda and then sell it to foundries. Iron is purchased at 9 cents for kg; lead at €1/kg and 60 cents/kg for aluminum. “We are dedicated to this because we have no other option.” “If we don’t walk there won’t be a single euro.”