A farmer defies one of the world’s biggest gold mines
Máxima Acuña is a peasant farmer in northern Peru who has taken on Yanacocha, one of the biggest gold and copper mines in the world, over the ownership of the land where she lives with her family. She has braved violent attacks from local police for refusing to leave. Máxima believes the harassment from police is an attempt to drive her away from her home so that the mining company can use her land. But she will not give in. Police have attacked her family numerous times and as recently as 18 September 2016 after which she was hospitalized. It’s a campaign of intimidation designed to make her want to give up her fight and leave. But Máxima is not going anywhere. “I will never kneel before Yanacocha,” she says.
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