Commission for Diálogo Chino
In Cusco and Apurímac, regions of the Peruvian Andes where the route known as the mining corridor is located, two of the richest copper projects in the country are based: Las Bambas and Antapaccay. The country is one of the world’s largest copper producers, second only to Chile, and with the metal representing nearly 30% of its total exports. But in spite of these economic gains, the industry poses difficulties for local communities. Complaints of damage to the environment –due to pollution generated by dust from metal transport trucks and dumping of mine tailings into rivers– as well as health problems in these areas remain unresolved.
This series was carried out in October 2022 to understand the affectations from the point of view of the neighboring peasant communities to the mining projects. People who make a living from livestock and agriculture say: “Our products are no longer normal. When we take them to the market people don’t buy our potatoes and meat. They tell us that our products are contaminated. How are we going to live!”