Peru Scrambles to Drive Out Illegal Gold
Mining and Save Precious Land
A force of marines and rangers is outnumbered as it tries to protect the area anchored by the Tambopata reserve, one of the most biologically diverse places on earth.
Written by SUZANNE DALEY; Photographs by TOMAS MUNITA
At one small encampment, a woman implored the soldiers not to destroy her home. She told the men she was just a single mother trying to make a living, so they put some food aside for her before setting everything else on fire.