Photos: Moisés Lopes/Tearfund
It’s been 50 years since Rildo Wandray was able to swim in the river that runs through his neighbourhood in the suburbs of Recife, Brazil.
When he was a boy he was able to bathe in the Tejipió River with his friends. But now the water is filthy. Clogged with plastic bottles and wrappers, it floods at least once a year, destroying lives, homes and possessions. Rildo and the other residents of Coqueiral have no formal waste collection, so their rubbish ends up dumped in the river or on the roadside.