Photographed autumn 2005
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Economic decline has hit hard on Jumet, a small town just north of Charleroi.

This place alone has a huge abandoned hospital, the abandoned verlipack factory, an abandoned theatre and countless empty shops and houses. There's no activity here, just unemployment and hopelessness.

In this futureless world Marc Dutroux, Belgium's most hated criminal (pedophile and murderer), buried his young victims in the backyard of one of the many houses he owned.

Right on the main street stands the glass producing verlipack factory.


"Jumet Vivra" (Jumet will live) are the hollow words that welcome you in.





















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