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Felix | by Rene Collin
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Inside the mine - Potosi

Felix is 17 he works for 30Bs/day (3.2 US$)

like every minor he's chewing coca leaves,


Sometime children start working at the age of 10

The working conditions are very tuff, no stairways, even less lift, the minors have to crawl in the dust of narrow tunnels only lit by the small lamp of their helmets...(tunnels collapsing are the main cause of mortality here)

They still work like 400 years ago, with dynamite the iron bars.

Potosi is by the way the only place in the world where one can freely buy dynamite at the little shop of the corner...


Potosi is claimed to be the highest city in the world (4,090 m /13,420 feet)

The city has once been the center of the world and the richest city of South America and maybe the world thanks to its silver mines which enriched Europe starting from 1545...

Now it s a long time that the mines doesnt give as much as they use to and besides some buildings with colonial architecture, it doesn't remain much of this glorious past...

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Taken on September 1, 2009