In many parts of the world life is going to the dogs, this photo was taken in one of those places...
Canatuan, Zamboanga del Norte:
Canadian mining giant Toronto Ventures Incorporated (TVI) has had an open pit mine here since 2003 (though they've been in the area since the 90s). The land was given to the indigenous people of the area by the Philippine government. This was a hurdle to TVI as they needed the consent of the tribe. The tribe opposed the mine, so to circumvent this the government set up it’s own "Council of Elders" made up of mine supporters.
Since the mine opened there have been severe cases of human rights breaches including destruction of homes and livelihood without compensation leading to forced displacement, an armed ambush (resulting in death), strafings, beatings, and more. There have also been health ramifications coming from what locals claim are polluted water coming out of the mine entering the river.
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kensimage (8561) 2008-02-21 20:59
Hi Alex, quite a contrast here between the friendly puppy dogs wondering what you're doing down at their level, and what's happening to human life as a result of that mine. There are a lot of grossly irresponsible mining companies in this world, I'm not sure how those executives rationalize to themselves what they're doing so they can stand to look themselves in the eye in the mirror. Mining CAN be done responsibly, they just don't in a lot of countries.
Nice composition with the dogs forming a kind of wedge to lead the eye in. Regards, Ken.
flory (4848) 2008-02-22 1:30
'the money are the eye of devil'..sad to hear such a cruelty for the human dignity.the effects are disastrously in time(we had too,mines and Rosia Montana is the most oldest mine of gold in the world)..cyanide for the extraction of gold,cadmium,nickel,earth coals...i saw a whole village affected by the plumbum(with the malformed diseases).this means painful and slowly death...mining Must have responsibility and respect for Life.
salutes for those innocent puppies;)
Bruno40 (6658) 2008-02-24 4:32
Terrible story you tell us in your note.
thanks for sharing this info.
- Copyright: alex felipe (RandomCameraGuy) (3069)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2007-12-14
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon 20D
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-02-21 15:05
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