Saturday, March 06, 2010

JACHAL BURIED THE MILL`S WHEEL


I was interviewing different people in Jachal, in western Argentina, who have something to say about mining explotation. Ramón Dominguez is one of the few who rememmbers the time wen his town was a proud grain producer... and didn´t have to beggar mining companies for their royalties.



A nomal postcard in nowadays Jachal. Draught and the hope for recovery...

This used to be an olive field....


Ramón takes out old photographs. Until 1960s he used to herd cows into Chile, mounting his loyal horse...



Pedro dreams with an alternative develoment model, which includes agriculture, tourism and houses built with natural local materials. His point is most people claim that working in the gold mines is their only way to afford to build their houses. But there are ways of building your house without paying tribute to the system...



The entrance to Veladero Gold Mine, in San Juan Province, Argentina.



Pedro´s daughter complains. "The guys from the mine are bad guys... Where I am going to play when the river becomes completely dry?

4 comments:

Sibbe The Hitcher said...

To mining companies nothing exists outside making as much money as possible, no matter how many people suffer. Seem to be like that all over the world..
Glad to see you are out on the road again! :)

Olivier Do Lugar said...

beautifull,
good travel, good luck friend.

perilisk said...

I'm sorry for my country - genuinely. There are people here fighting so that mining companies set ethical practices worldwide, but they get Slapped. Barrick Gold is one of them, endagering the best independent book publisher in Quebec with a 5 M$ lawsuit. But people stand behind it, and fight.

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