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The Amazon in the Shadow of the Pandemic: Seeking Help for My Son (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 listen to the podcast and read the original transcript 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.


"Seeking Help for My Son" is the second installment of the series The Amazon in the Shadow of the Pandemic, produced with the support of the Rainforest Journalism Fund in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center.

The Amazon in the Shadow of the Pandemic is a four-episode podcast 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 narrates the journey of Andreína, a wage-earning mother with no economic resources, who embarks on a trip to the mines in the state of Amazonas, Venezuela. She makes this decision in desperation because she must find the money for her son's treatment in a private clinic, due to a congenital disease.


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Image by Dixon Dacosta. Venezuela, 2021.

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