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The Rust Belt has spoken

Congratulations to Donald Trump as the new president. A suprice to many – but maybe not to the folks we met during our journey through The Rust Belt. The anger and frustration was deep among the those me met who is struggling to keep the American Dream alive: The Middle Class, the unemployed, the new poor, the workers on low or minimum wage ­and those who have lost benefits and had a cut in their salaries.

Here is a good example: This neighborhood was once a heaven for blue collar families in Detroit

Just by River Rouge and close to the big Ford Motor Company and U.S. Steel factories in Detroit we met John Bryant. He grew up here in Dearborn. In the last few years the place has become a illegal dump place for people from all over the city.

– We were a proud middle class family. We had a good economy, you would find nice houses and gardens around here. I am sick when I think about what this has become, he says.

Here’s photographer Espen Rasmussen and reporter Roy Freddy Andersens video story about John and his struggle to keep him self and his family safe and to earn enough to live a decant life.

The reporting is supported by Stiftelsen Fritt Ord.


Garbage_street_Detroit from Espen Rasmussen on Vimeo.