Pagpag is leftover food from fast-food restaurants scavenged from garbage sites and dumps. The word in the Filipino language literally means to ‘shake off’, and refers to the act of shaking the dirt off of the edible portion of the leftovers. The act of eating pagpag arose from the practical challenges of hunger that resulted from extreme poverty.
Pagpag could be eaten on site, or processed further most commonly by frying it in hot oil depending on the condition of the food. Small cottage industries have arisen around pagpag with impoverished people making a living scavenging, collecting, processing, and selling the processed pagpag to impoverished poor people.
Health risks includes most food-borne illnesses and maladies, and could result in long-term debilitating diseases and death.
I really need to stop watching ‘The Toughest Place to be…’ Everything just highlights the injustice of the world, the difference between rich and poor, and how ignorant and cruelly oblivious we choose to remain to the plight of those born and oppressed under poverty.
I mean, ‘garbage chicken’? Fucking hell…
May Allah protect him from any harm and guide him back to his loved ones. And may Allah guide all those who are lost back to their homes, allahumma ameen.
“…Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest. ” (13:28)