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Sunday, May 19

CNET / AP Peru's gold-diggers scrape out meager existence: "A day in the life of a Peruvian gold-digger starts even before the sun is fully up as the miners, their picks slung over their shoulders and carrying food and offerings for the gods, climb nearby hills to their seams inside deep tunnels. Just like the miners of the ancient Inca empire, whose fabled riches lured thousands of Spanish conquistadors, the miners kneel on the ground to ask permission from Pachamama (Mother Earth in the Andean language, Quechua) to wound her with their digging." A nice color piece that contrasts a gold-mining convention in Lima and the plight of poor gold miners in the Andean foothills.

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