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Abdi Said Hussein's brother  Malik minutes after waking up on the bank of the Akaki river  in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on Friday September 19 2008..Abdi Said lives with his 8 years old son  on Addis Ababa's streets. His main source of income is disposing waste into the river for less than one dollar per day. He tries to make some extra pennies by looking for reusable items in the garbage that he can resell. He decided to live next to the river so that people could use his affordable services rather than pay private contractors to dispose of their wastes, which usually is done by street kids with carts who dump the wastes in city owned containers that are picked up by the city and disposed in an open air dumpster...Despite its high toxicity, the Akaki river is still used for various purposes including irrigation and animal drink. The major pollutant industries  include tanneries, breweries, wineries, distilleries, soft drink, chemical and metal work industries, the Addis Ababa Abattoir Enterprise and the National Tobacco Factory.