La Oroya

La Oroya

Infos Jan 30, 2011 Comments Off

Deep in the Andes Mountains at almost 13,000 feet above sea level lies one of the 10 most polluted places in the world.  I lived in La Oroya for several months on my mission.

La Oroya is a city of about 33,000 people on the River Mantaro in central Peru. It is situated on the Altiplano some 176 km east-north-east of the national capital, Lima, and is capital of the Yauli Province. La Oroya is the location of a smelting operation that earned the town a place on the list of “The World’s 10 Worst Polluted Places.”  95% of the town’s children have lead poisoning, resulting in severe damage to their health.  It was not uncommon for me to be climbing stairs up through a neighborhood and find myself coughing with the taste of blood coming up from my throat.  La Oroya, Peru is a town that has loving people in it, but has a dark future.

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