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Cedric Gerbehaye / Agence VU’

Bolivia, Reveka, 13 August 2015 At the exit of the Reveka mine, in Cerro Rico (the Rich Mountain), 4300m high, miners are stoping a wagon full of ore that they pushed in the galleries for 2 kilometres. Bolivie, Reveka, 13 août 2015 A la sortie de Reveka, une mine artisanale, sur les hauteurs du Cerro Rico, La Montagne Riche, à 4300m d’altitude, des mineurs arrêtent le wagon rempli de minerai qu’ils ont poussé courbés dans les galeries sur plus de deux kilomêtres. Cédric Gerbehaye / Agence VU

Bolivia, Reveka, 13 August 2015
At the exit of the Reveka mine, in Cerro Rico (the Rich Mountain), 4300m high, miners are stoping a wagon full of ore that they pushed in the galleries for 2 kilometres.
Bolivie, Reveka, 13 août 2015
A la sortie de Reveka, une mine artisanale, sur les hauteurs du Cerro Rico, La Montagne Riche, à 4300m d’altitude, des mineurs arrêtent le wagon rempli de minerai qu’ils ont poussé courbés dans les galeries sur plus de deux kilomêtres.
Cédric Gerbehaye / Agence VU

The Mountain that Eats Men
Belgium

The mining deposits of Cerro Rico in Potosi, Bolivia, are amongst the most important and oldest working mines in South America. They are also some of the most dangerous in the world for the miners. They have become a symbol of controversy across the country, putting at odds the demands of global production and a population whose lifestyle is one of extreme suffering, who do not see the profits from the economic impact on their country. Over five months, Cédric Gerbehaye has depicted the daily life of these miners who live in the heart of the mountain.

 

 

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