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Port Henderson youths turn dust into income

Thursday, July 12, 2012    

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Daren Byfield splashes water from a bucket to keep the dust down on a section of the Port Henderson Road in St Catherine, Monday.

As the long, dry days of summer continue, Byfield and his friends — all unemployed — have found a simple way to earn an income.

With buckets of water in hand, they gather along a dug-up section of the road each day, wetting the area as each vehicle passes to prevent the dust from rising.

"We nuh really mek nuh big money, but wi jus' a try instead of going out to rob and do wrong; we trying to earn honestly," Byfield told the Jamaica Observer.

"Boss nothing nah gwaan enuh, so we see that a section of the road a cause major dust problem for motorists and a try help," added his colleague, Omar Chambers.

Some motorists pay for the service, while others simply acknowledge the group's effort by honking. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

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