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Apr. 26, 2010

Ciudad Peruana Gradualmente Devorada Por Una Mina

by Aleszu Bajak

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Una mina a cielo abierto de zinc y plomo ha estado gradualmente devorando la ciudad de Cerro de Pasco en Perú por medio siglo. Ya se ha comido una iglesia colonial y la plaza central. La empresa minera, Volcán Compañía Minera S.A., había amenazado cerrar la mina y dejar a 4.000 personas sin trabajo si no recibía estas tierras.

Los indígenas ya no pueden sembrar sus papas y lechugas ya que la tierra está con niveles tóxicos de plomo. Además, no hay agua suficiente para los habitantes – la mina se lleva el 80% de ella. Aunque ha habido un éxodo grande, se quedan los pobres, dice Gloria Ramos, legisladora de la ciudad de 70,000 habitantes.

A 4.380 metros, Cerro de Pasco es conocida por su plata, plomo y zinc. Los españoles la llamaron “La ciudad real de las minas,” y ha sido explotada por cuatro siglos.

Fotos – Google y Sin Cerro de Pasco blog

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About Aleszu Bajak

Aleszu Bajak is a science writer based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Before moving to the Southern Cone, he worked as a producer for Science Friday, as a research technician at Cornell's gene therapy department, and as a guitar teacher.

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