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PERU: Máxima Acuña


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.

Act Now

  • Write to the Minister of Interior.
  •  Start with Dear Minister.
  •  Describe who you are and what concerns you about the safety of Máxima Acuña.
  •  In your own words, ask him to protect Máxima from the harassment and
  • intimidation she faces every day.

Ministerio del Interior
Carlos Basombrío
Plaza 30 de Agosto s/n Urb. Corpac
San Isidro, Lima

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