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For the past dozen years, Manuel, who’s been homeless for 18 years, has made this giant nativity scene, or pesebre, out of objects such as dolls, ribbons and balls, which he finds in the trash. Manuel lives by scavenging things from the garbage and reselling them.

Manuel and his two friends live in a cabin at the end of the street.

After Christmas, he gives the pieces away to children, and then a few months later starts collecting again for the following year.

With its dirty, damaged dolls, Manuel’s is not the handsomest nativity scene in Bogotá. But it is the most ecologicaly sound one.

The nativity scene is located in a run-down area near the train station in west-central Bogotá.

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