A new road has been built that connects Brazil and Peru. Running through one of the most bio-diverse areas of the Amazon, the new trade route is attracting many miners. They are destroying the environment, “but there’s little we can do because they bribe the police and the local authorities” says Ozwaldo Escobar, a resident of Quince Mill which is situated directly along the road.
More than 200 people a day are coming from the Andes to the Amazon, swelling an estimated 30,000 people living from illicit gold mining… A young man, known just as Renzo, told the BBC he gets weekly visits from his Lima-based gold buyer, who pays 108 Peruvian soles ($38.97) per gram for the precious metal… Some of these gold rush settlements are so new they are known simply as kilometre 108 and 115, marking their distance from Cusco
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