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The Amazon in the Shadow of the Pandemic: The Mining Route (Spanish)

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Mining has gained ground in the Venezuelan Amazon. Communities near mining areas are suffering from...

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Image by Dixon Dacosta. Venezuela, 2021.

This story excerpt was translated from Spanish. To read the original story in full, visit El Diario. You may also view the original story on the Rainforest Journalism Fund website here. Our website is available in English, Spanish, bahasa Indonesia, French, and Portuguese.


Amazonas in the Shadow of the Pandemic is a four-episode podcast report that explains the environmental risks of illegal mining and brings together stories of people affected by diseases that are still present in times of the coronavirus.

This episode brings together the voices of specialists and witnesses who tell what the mining route is like in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The impact is not only on the environment but also on the health of the people who work in the mines or live nearby. The Orinoco River that surrounds the Yapacana National Park is the pathway that spreads the contamination generated by this uncontrolled gold mining.

Emilio will be the thread of a story that reveals how amoebiasis is another of the diseases of the Venezuelan Amazon that has been overshadowed by the pandemic.


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Image by Dixon Dacosta. Venezuela, 2021.

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