Toddlers are rescued from house of filth in Taiwan where they were forced to sleep on piles of rubbish collected by their hoarder parents
- Two girls, aged two and one, lived in the home which was filled with rubbish
- More than 30 volunteers cleared bin bags from home in Taiwan to fill two lorries
- Social welfare officials said the parents’ actions did not constitute child abuse
Two young girls have been rescued from a ‘landfill-like’ home in Taiwan after their parents compulsively hoarded mounds of rubbish.
Both of the toddlers, aged two and one, were reportedly found sleeping on heaps of household refuse which stretched across their sitting room.
Pictures supplied by the not-for-profit Haiqing Youth Club of Pingtung County, which is in South Taiwan, show the desperate state of the home in Wandan Township.
In one image a worker is seen attempting to clear some of the mess which is piled halfway up the wall as one of the little girls sits on a chair.
Two toddlers have been rescued in Taiwan after they were found living in a home filled with rubbish. Pictured is one of the girls sitting next to the huge pile of old food packets and bottles
Both of the girls, aged one and two, were reportedly found sleeping on or next to heaps, right, of household refuse. Pictured left is the younger child in her cot next to the mess
As well as water bottles and empty food containers the sisters were living among waste and pests such as rats and cockroaches. Pictured is some of the waste in the living room
While in another the younger toddler is seen sleeping in her cot which is surrounded by mess, rubbish and random household furniture.
According to the NGO, they were doing a site visit of underprivileged families last week when they came across the jobless couple and their daughters.
As well as water bottles, cardboard packets and empty food containers the little girls were living among waste and pests such as rats and cockroaches.
The county social affairs department was brought in for an assessment and signed off on more than 30 volunteers who began cleaning the family home on 22nd August.
More than 30 volunteers helped to clear out all the rubbish and they managed to stuff enough black bin bags, pictured are some outside the home, to fill two lorries
The couple, who live off government subsidies, hoarded the waste. Pictured are volunteers helping to sweep up the rubbish and dirt which was inside the family’s house
The job saw volunteers clear out enough bin bags to fill two lorries, with the refuse comprising mostly of empty takeaway boxes, plastic bags and drinks bottles.
The couple, who live off government subsidies, hoarded the waste and turned their home into a ‘landfill’, the not-for-profit said.
Social welfare officials said the couple’s actions did not constitute child abuse, adding that the family needed further assistance with raising their children, who the NGO says are experiencing development problems.
Officials are continuing to investigate the case and have placed full-time social workers with the couple instead of removing their children.
Social welfare officials said the couple’s actions were not child abuse but did reveal that they needed help raising their children. Pictured are several of the team cleaning the house
After the clear out, pictured, the home was sparkling clean and a large sofa area was created
The volunteers, pictured, mopped the floor and uncovered furniture that the family could use