BBC highlights child poisoning in Cerro de Pasco
09 September 2018
Grace Livingstone has this week published an account on the BBC’s website of the perils of children whose bloodstreams have been found to contain dangerous levels of metal poisoning in the area around Cerro de Pasco, one of Peru’s major mining centres. The government has declared the area to be in a health state of emergency. Livingstone tells the story of some of the children most severely affected by metal poisoning; she also highlights the Peruvian authorities’ reluctance to identify mining activities as the cause of contamination. For readers who would like to read the full article, press on this link.
The BBC also picks up on an operation by the Peruvian air force and a number of private companies providing very clear aerial images of the damage wrought by illegal gold miners in Madre de Dios.