Monday, March 7, 2011

Pic Today 3/7/11





GOLD'S PROMISE
AND CURSE
IN COLOMBIA

Gold has long been important to Colombia,
defining its earliest history and traditions.
Ornaments and sacred vessels,
made of pure gold, were used and treasured
by early indigenous shamans and royalty
for thousands of years.
Spanish conquistadors ravaged Colombia
and its people for thousands of tons of this rich treasure.

Now there's a new "gold rush" and struggle
for Colombia's yellow metal, due mostly to
gold's recent increased value ($1,400/oz.)

Thousands of indigenous indians and poor
are now mining for gold, in primitive mountain areas.
Unfortunately, the FARC rebel leaders are
attracted to this source of new income,
as coca plantings are being eradicated.
The guerrilla 'war lords' are extorting money
and control over these poor people,
as the landscape gets scarred and new blood gets spilled.

For better and for worse,
gold has been an important part of Colombia's history.


5 comments:

  1. a gold day
    very nice the first image

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  2. I didn't know that, I love the shots here they are so vibrant. It is all terribly sad isn't it? here everyone wants your gold, gold exchange shops litter the high street.

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  3. Excelente reportaje, buen trabajo.
    Gracias por pasar y comentar en "la Colina de las Imágenes",
    Le sigo
    Cordiales saludos

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  4. Gold should be out of fashion. It's boring. But this post is interesting :-)

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