Back in June I did some work with Oxfam America in Guatemala. There is an interesting new article “Mining a Grave Concern in Guatemala's Election” on the 'Policy Innovations' Website, that features one of the photos I took. The story is a very interesting read, about mining in Guatemala, with reference to the notorious Marlin Mine.
I have spent the week working with Oxfam America in Guatemala. The week began calmly with documenting an extraordinary women’s group in the outskirts of Antigua. As the week continued, we moved across the Western highlands to the Marlin Mine, where interviewed some locals, and heard some disturbing stories. Heading back out to the hotel on the first evening, our mini-van was surrounded by at least 20 men in balaclavas, pointing the barrels of the rifles at us. After a somewhat nervous 10 minutes, we were allowed to pass, lucky for us, they were looking for someone else. I will share links to blog posts and videos of the stories from this trip as they are published by Oxfam. In the meantime, here are a few photos from the trip:
Oxfam America are doing an amazing job with very important human rights issues in Guatemala, it was a real pleasure to work with them and photograph some of the people they are assisting. For more information about how to support them and their work, please see their website.