The Pulitzer Center presents untold stories on lack of water access in West Africa and Peru's battle against illegal gold mining. Emmy award-winner Stephen Sapienza, BusinessDay (Nigeria) foreign affairs and energy correspondent Ameto Akpe, and Peter Sawyer, special projects coordinator at the Pulitzer Center, will present films and lead a discussion exploring these topics.

Sapienza, Akpe, and Sawyer are part of Pulitzer Center's collaborative reporting initiative in West Africa that aims to amplify the voices of West African journalists reporting on water access in the region. Their reports can be found at the Center's Waiting for Water reporting gateway.

Sapienza's project on wildcat gold mining is part of Pulitzer Center's Global Goods, Local Costs gateway.

Wednesday, April 18
7:00-8:30pm
Nerinx Hall High School Auditorium
530 E. Lockwood Avenue
Webster Groves, MO

This event is free and open to public.

FILMS AND TOPICS IN THE PROGRAM:
PERU’S GOLD RUSH: WEALTH AND WOES With gold prices hitting historic highs, some Peruvians are cashing in on the bonanza at the expense of virgin rainforest. "Fair mined" cooperatives offer an environmentally sensitive alternative. Produced for PBS NewsHour by Stephen Sapienza.

WHAT'S CAUSING WATER SHORTAGES IN GHANA, NIGERIA? The Nigerian government has promised its citizens clean drinking water again and again. But disappointment seems to be the only thing they can deliver. Produced for PBS NewsHour by Stephen Sapienza, in collaboration with Ameto Akpe from Nigeria and Samuel Agyemang from Ghana.

Co-presented by Active Citizen360 and Nerinx Hall High School

Project

A third of a million Peruvians make their living from gold mining, but illegal tactics and deforestation methods are damaging the environment and inflicting health risks on the local population.

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