A Small-Scale Gold Rush in Madre de Dios

Small-scale gold miners have poured into the Madre de Dios region of Peru. The local governor has declared a state of emergency and vowed to take all means necessary to stop illegal mining in the area.

A Cursed Land: Peru's Rainforest

Peru's rainforests have been a hot spot for resource extraction even before rubber baron Carlos Fitzcarald first arrived in the Madre de Dios region.

Digging for Gold in the Peruvian Rainforest

As many as 20,000 people are involved in illegal gold mining in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, which has resulted in the destruction of soil and forests as well as the release of toxic mercury.