Chased by the army and condemned by the world, small-time gold miners know they're destroying the Peruvian Amazon - but say they have no choice.
Thousands of artisanal miners are digging up the Peruvian Amazon. The authorities are after them. Environmentalists demonize them. It’s a disaster and its only getting worse. But what do the miners themselves have to say?
See for yourself on an unprecedented journey into the illegal mines. Where crooks and killers toil alongside otherwise honest men in search of gold – and a way out of life-threatening poverty.
Americas Now Executive Producer
Motion Graphics and Design
Director of Photography
Edison Salvador Huaman Ccapchi "Cebiche"
Special thanks to
Alberto Pérez and the Pérez family
Gustavo Salinas Castro
Kirstin Alice Adam