The valley of the dead

It was 2012 when the Canadian mining company Barrick Gold started digging, drilling and extracting gold in what for decades had been a property of the Dominican Republic. Back then the Rosario Dominicana company had found the precious metal deep in the terrain of Pueblo Viejo de Cotuì providing work for thousands of Dominicans. Unfortunately Rosario was not equipped with sophisticated machinery and, above all, did not have the thousands of dollars necessary to continue extraction. They were forced to close down. In 2006 a tendering procedure was initiated to relaunch the mine and Barrick Gold beat all other competitors.

Reporting by Maurizio Faraboni,  Edited by Bobomatto