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Meet the women who scavenge for gold at the top of the world
Living with their families in shacks in a gold shantytown in the Andes, women known as "pallaqueras," or gold-pickers, make a living gleaning gold from the leftover rubble dumped by the men who work the gold mine below a glacier.
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March 06, 2020
Eva Chura, 42, a 'pallaquera' known as a gold picker, strikes rocks that were discarded from a mine,...
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The Wider Image: Meet the women who scavenge for gold at the top of the world
Eva Chura, 42, a 'pallaquera' known as a gold picker, strikes rocks that were discarded from a mine, in search of gold, in the town of La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 11, 2019. "In a week sometimes I can get 1 gram or 2 grams of gold," Chura said. "If I'm lucky it can sometimes be 20 grams, but that's down to luck." REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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March 06, 2020
Eva Chura, 42, a 'pallaquera' known as a gold picker, breastfeeds her three-month-old son Alizon, as...
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The Wider Image: Meet the women who scavenge for gold at the top of the world
Eva Chura, 42, a 'pallaquera' known as a gold picker, breastfeeds her three-month-old son Alizon, as she eats inside their room in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 11, 2019. "I don't count my husband, because he is no help as a father or a husband," Chura said. "I'm the papa and the mama. ... We don't want for anything. We have everything." REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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March 06, 2020
Eva Chura and another woman, who are both 'pallaqueras' known as gold pickers, smoke and drink anise...
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Eva Chura and another woman, who are both 'pallaqueras' known as gold pickers, smoke and drink anise while chewing coca leaves, as part of a ritual for searching for gold performed before a shift, in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 11, 2019. "Sometimes there's gold, other times no. At the moment it's very low," she said. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
Men who work as miners walk in front of La Bella Durmiente (The Sleeping Beauty) glacier, as they exit...
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The Wider Image: Meet the women who scavenge for gold at the top of the world
Men who work as miners walk in front of La Bella Durmiente (The Sleeping Beauty) glacier, as they exit a gold mine after finishing work for the day in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 7, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
A woman who works as a 'pallaquera', known as a gold picker, searches for gold as she strikes rocks extracted...
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A woman who works as a 'pallaquera', known as a gold picker, searches for gold as she strikes rocks extracted from a mine in the town of La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 5, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
Yaquelin, 10, the daughter of Eva Chura, a 'pallaquera' known as a gold picker, smiles as she picks up...
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Yaquelin, 10, the daughter of Eva Chura, a 'pallaquera' known as a gold picker, smiles as she picks up a piece of ice by the entrance of their home in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 10, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
Eva Chura, 42, a 'pallaquera' known as a gold picker, cleans her three-month-old son Alizon in her room...
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The Wider Image: Meet the women who scavenge for gold at the top of the world
Eva Chura, 42, a 'pallaquera' known as a gold picker, cleans her three-month-old son Alizon in her room in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 11, 2019. "I don't count my husband, because he is no help as a father or a husband," Chura said. "I'm the papa and the mama. ... We don't want for anything. We have everything." REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
Luis Miguel, 3, who is the son of Eva Chura, a 'pallaquera' known as a gold picker, plays inside their...
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Luis Miguel, 3, who is the son of Eva Chura, a 'pallaquera' known as a gold picker, plays inside their room in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 12, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
Eva Chura, 42, a 'pallaquera' known as a gold picker, stands at the entrance of her room in La Rinconada,...
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The Wider Image: Meet the women who scavenge for gold at the top of the world
Eva Chura, 42, a 'pallaquera' known as a gold picker, stands at the entrance of her room in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 10, 2019. "It is very sad to live with garbage and dirt, washing in the cold, with water from the mountain. But you tell yourself to get over it. The children give you strength and courage to work." REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
Men who work as miners stand on a large stone called a 'quimbalete' to break down rocks they collected...
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Men who work as miners stand on a large stone called a 'quimbalete' to break down rocks they collected from a gold mine to extract gold, in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 5, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
A man who works as a miner uses water and mercury to extract gold from a rock that was collected from...
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The Wider Image: Meet the women who scavenge for gold at the top of the world
A man who works as a miner uses water and mercury to extract gold from a rock that was collected from a gold mine in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 5, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
A girl stands behind the counter of a shop which buys gold from miners in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru,...
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The Wider Image: Meet the women who scavenge for gold at the top of the world
A girl stands behind the counter of a shop which buys gold from miners in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 5, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
A mannequin dressed in miner's clothing hangs above a house, as a warning to deter thieves, in La Rinconada,...
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The Wider Image: Meet the women who scavenge for gold at the top of the world
A mannequin dressed in miner's clothing hangs above a house, as a warning to deter thieves, in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 7, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
The shadow of a man who works as a miner is cast onto a rock as he enters a gold mine in La Riconada,...
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The shadow of a man who works as a miner is cast onto a rock as he enters a gold mine in La Riconada, the Andes, Peru, October 9, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
Men who work as miners drink anise and chew coca leaves as part of a ritual performed before a shift...
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The Wider Image: Meet the women who scavenge for gold at the top of the world
Men who work as miners drink anise and chew coca leaves as part of a ritual performed before a shift for searching for gold, in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 9, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
Men who work as miners use a drilling machine to search for gold in a gold mine in La Rinconada, the...
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The Wider Image: Meet the women who scavenge for gold at the top of the world
Men who work as miners use a drilling machine to search for gold in a gold mine in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 10, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
A man who works as a miner fills up a tube made from newspaper with dynamite powder, to be used for setting...
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The Wider Image: Meet the women who scavenge for gold at the top of the world
A man who works as a miner fills up a tube made from newspaper with dynamite powder, to be used for setting off explosions inside a gold mine in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 10, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
Men who work as miners talk to each other as they sit inside a gold mine in La Rinconada, the Andes,...
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Men who work as miners talk to each other as they sit inside a gold mine in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 9, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
Men who work as miners sit together as they take a break inside a gold mine in La Rinconada, the Andes,...
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The Wider Image: Meet the women who scavenge for gold at the top of the world
Men who work as miners sit together as they take a break inside a gold mine in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 9, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
Men who work as miners walk past a shrine, as they make their way to a gold mine in La Rinconada, the...
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Men who work as miners walk past a shrine, as they make their way to a gold mine in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 7, 2019. The shrine is intended to offer protection and security to those entering the mine, because of the dangerous conditions that these men are working in, often risking their lives. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
A man who works as a miner chews coca leaves in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 5, 2019. Coca...
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The Wider Image: Meet the women who scavenge for gold at the top of the world
A man who works as a miner chews coca leaves in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 5, 2019. Coca leaves are often used as a remedy to ward off altitude sickness. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
A man who works as a miner holds coca leaves in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 5, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho...
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A man who works as a miner holds coca leaves in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 5, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
A man who works as a miner drives a truck loaded with extracted rocks from a gold mine, in La Rinconada,...
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A man who works as a miner drives a truck loaded with extracted rocks from a gold mine, in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 5, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
A man who works as a miner rests on a sack filled with stones collected from a gold mine, before it is...
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A man who works as a miner rests on a sack filled with stones collected from a gold mine, before it is processed to extract gold, in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 7, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
Zinc houses stand in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 6, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN...
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Zinc houses stand in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 6, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
A woman hangs clothes up to dry by the entrance of her home in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October...
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A woman hangs clothes up to dry by the entrance of her home in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 5, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
Men who work as miners play a game of football in front of La Bella Durmiente (The Sleeping Beauty) glacier...
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Men who work as miners play a game of football in front of La Bella Durmiente (The Sleeping Beauty) glacier in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 8, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
A man who works as a miner is treated by Doctor Nelson and a nurse for a head injury, that he says he...
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A man who works as a miner is treated by Doctor Nelson and a nurse for a head injury, that he says he received from thieves attempting to steal gold from him, at a health centre in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 4, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
A man who works as a miner has his hair cut at a hairdresser in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October...
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A man who works as a miner has his hair cut at a hairdresser in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 12, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
A man who is a miner sews a boiler-suit that will be used by other miners, in a tent in La Rinconada,...
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The Wider Image: Meet the women who scavenge for gold at the top of the world
A man who is a miner sews a boiler-suit that will be used by other miners, in a tent in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 10, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
A man who works as a miner sits on his bed as he writes in a notebook in his room in La Rinconada, the...
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A man who works as a miner sits on his bed as he writes in a notebook in his room in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 11, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
Shoe polish, socks and a torch lie on the floor of a miner's room in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October...
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The Wider Image: Meet the women who scavenge for gold at the top of the world
Shoe polish, socks and a torch lie on the floor of a miner's room in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 11, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
A woman carrying a child on her back buys chicken at a shop in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October...
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March 06, 2020
A man who works as a miner waits for a food vendor to cook him some chicken that he bought on a street...
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A man who works as a miner has his photograph taken by a woman, as he stands between a sign that reads...
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A man who works as a miner has his photograph taken by a woman, as he stands between a sign that reads 'duchas calientes' (hot showers) and a snowman, on a street in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 4, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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March 06, 2020
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A man who works as a miner stops to read the front pages of newspapers displayed in a street in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 4, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce SEARCH "WOMEN GOLD PICKERS FEMICIDE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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A boy poses for a photograph at the entrance of his school in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October...
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March 06, 2020
A family visits the grave of a relative at a cemetery in La Rinconada, the Andes, Peru, October 4, 2019....
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