A thousand Indonesian soldiers have been tasked with cleaning up one of the dirtiest rivers in the world.
Citarum – a 300km river that is one of Java’s main waterways – is a dumping ground for the trash of riverside communities, as well as the waste of textile factories. The issue means, no matter how much the troops clean, the trash keeps on coming.
Importantly, the military has discovered that the river is the only place locals can put their rubbish as there is no adequate waste disposal. Army involvement is a crucial indication that the clean up of Citarum is an issue the Government is taking seriously.
Watch the Al Jazeera news bulletin on the Citarum clean up…