A country shadowed by the gold rush

Peru is living a booming economic growth, attracting foreign investors and new businesses. But the ongoing conflicts over natural resources cause controversy, division and environmental concerns. A large part of the population lives in poverty. The president Ollanta Humala took office in 2011 after having campaigned for a people’s revolution and sustainable mining policy. His opponents feared that Latin America would see yet another defiant leftwing populist president. But Humala saw the benefits of foreign money, earning him harsh criticism from his former partners. We travelled from the deprived and privileged neighborhoods of the capital Lima to the northern mining province of Cajamarca to find out how the new gold rush is changing Peru. A portrait of Humala’s Peru, for Suomen Kuvalehti in 2013. To read the story in Finnish, continue HERE.
photos by heli kumpula