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Jakarta Post

Defecation outside toilets a common sight

  • Indra Harsaputra

    The Jakarta Post

Pasuruan   /   Mon, July 6 2009   /  01:50 pm

Despite a government campaign promoting a healthier lifestyle and improved sanitation facilities, some people continue to defecate in rivers and in other open areas around their homes. Residents are also frequently found dumping garbage just about anywhere. In the Jagir area of Wo nokromo, Pasuruan, East Java, the sight of people defecating in rivers has become commonplace, and can also be seen throughout the country. One riverbank squatter in Surabaya, Siti Aminah, 45, for instance, prefers to answer the call of nature in a river, despite there being a public toilet nearby. "I'm used to pooing in the river, ever since I was little. Despite the frequent campaigns for using public toilets and healthy lifestyles, pooing in the river is more pleasurable," she said last week. Siti is not alone in her filthy habits. Every morning, housewives living near the Surabaya River ...