Johis Alarcón

Photographer
  
Lighters
Location: Ecuador
Nationality: Ecuadorian
Biography: Johanna Alarcón (1992) is a freelance photojournalist and visual storyteller based in Ecuador. Johanna´s work is focused on social justice, human rights, and gender related issues. She is a National Geographic Explorer and member of... read on
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Lighters
Copyright johis alarcón 2021
Updated 09/01/21
There are 447 "mecheros" that burn or release the gas associated with oil working day and night in the regions of the Ecuadorian Amazon, its inhabitants know them as "the mecheros of death". The highest cancer rates on the American continent are found in the areas where they are located. The oil appears in bags underground which, when extracted, release the gas associated with the crude. This gas can be used, as is done in other countries, to produce energy. However, the Ecuadorian government allows oil companies to burn or vent it in these lighters with devastating consequences for the environment and the communities living in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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