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Story Publication logo December 10, 2022

Video: Mercury and Artisanal Gold Mining in Colombia (Spanish)


An aerial overview of a deforested area contaminated with mercury in Brazil.

Uncovering the origin and the traffic of the mercury used for gold mining in the Amazon Forest.

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In the department of Valle del Cauca, in western Colombia, there are communities led by afrocolombianas who practice artisanal gold mining and help to reduce the presence of mercury, a pollutant caused by industrial mining. They survive in an area with many conflicts: poverty, drug trafficking, common crime, guerrilla dissidents, and the new paramilitaries.

This video is part of Late's investigation The Mercury Route, made possible by the Rainforest Journalism Fund with support from the Pulitzer Center.

Video by AJ+ Español. Colombia, 2022.