Children of Lead
Photo and caption by adam thompson
The city of La Oroya in the Central highlands of Peru, once a lively mining community now lays sleepy and unemployed. Though the refinery and smelter no longer produce toxic emissions that once poisoned the city on a daily basis, the effects are still unfortunately all to visible. The bloodshot eyes of every child you meet is a constant reminder that although the processing of copper has stopped the lasting effects of environmental degradation is evident on a more human, a more innocent level.
Location: La Oroya, Junin, Peru