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The World's Dirtiest Playgrounds

It is part of every child’s nature to explore an environment through playful activity. In some cases, that results in children playing in dirt pits or hazardous areas. Such polluted sites become the stages and backdrops for extraordinary adventures, epic sagas, breathtaking battles, and an infinite number of heroes, foes, and mystical creatures. The power of imagination can take a child’s mind to a fantastical place, full of wonder and joy, and can transform any location into an amusement park echoing with laughter. (11 PHOTOS)

A boy rides a bike in a Romany settlement in Sarajevo's suburb of Butmir, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
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A boy rides a bike in a Romany settlement in Sarajevo's suburb of Butmir, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Children play on foam from a polluted river at the Marunda flood canal in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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Children play on foam from a polluted river at the Marunda flood canal in Jakarta, Indonesia.

A boy plays with a tire near garbage being set on fire by residents of a slum in Karachi, Pakistan.
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A boy plays with a tire near garbage being set on fire by residents of a slum in Karachi, Pakistan.

Luciano Montero (left) and Samuel Nunez play among piles of rubbish heaped outside homes in the city of Santa Fe, 480 kilometers north of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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Luciano Montero (left) and Samuel Nunez play among piles of rubbish heaped outside homes in the city of Santa Fe, 480 kilometers north of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Sana, 5, plays on a cloth sling hanging from a telephone pole as smoke from a garbage dump rises next to a railway track in Mumbai, India.
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Sana, 5, plays on a cloth sling hanging from a telephone pole as smoke from a garbage dump rises next to a railway track in Mumbai, India.

Boys play by a puddle near their shelter in Kabul.
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Boys play by a puddle near their shelter in Kabul.

Boys spin tops in front of a coal-powered electricity plant in Xilinhot, Inner Mongolia, China.
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Boys spin tops in front of a coal-powered electricity plant in Xilinhot, Inner Mongolia, China.

A child swims in the litter-strewn waters of Cilincing Beach in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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A child swims in the litter-strewn waters of Cilincing Beach in Jakarta, Indonesia.

A Bangladeshi boy jumps on waste products that are used to make poultry feed as she plays in a tannery in Dhaka.
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A Bangladeshi boy jumps on waste products that are used to make poultry feed as she plays in a tannery in Dhaka.

Children play in a slum area of Karachi, Pakistan.
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Children play in a slum area of Karachi, Pakistan.

A boy plays in a garbage dump where hundreds of people live and earn money by recycling waste and making charcoal in Manila, the Philippines.
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A boy plays in a garbage dump where hundreds of people live and earn money by recycling waste and making charcoal in Manila, the Philippines.

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