Doubly defenceless: COVID-19 strikes communities already reeling from mining in Peru | Development and Peace

Doubly defenceless: COVID-19 strikes communities already reeling from mining in Peru

In early April, Development and Peace’s partner, Centro Labor, launched its United Against the Coronavirus solidarity campaign in the Pasco region of central Peru.

In this region, where mining has a long colonial and corporate history, many communities are deeply affected by the extractive industries’ activities. Chronic pollution has caused families to suffer from astonishingly high levels of heavy metals in their blood streams. This toxicity has weakened their immune systems, making them more vulnerable to COVID-19.

To help them weather the pandemic, Centro Labor has quickly adapted its activities and is now distributing food to the poorest and most affected families in Pasco. These distribution drives are also being used as avenues to disseminate information about essential preventive and protective measures including quarantining, physical distancing handwashing and wearing masks.

This campaign is possible thanks to your donations to Development and Peace, which allow our partners to continue their activities and adapt in these times of pandemic.