the rhetoric of Peru’s economic boom and corporate social
responsibility lies the struggle of indigenous communities to defend
their land and their right to clean water.
Máxima Acuña is one of the
faces behind that struggle.
a blue plastic sheet and an alpaca blanket wrapped around her
shoulders, Máxima Acuña, 42, walked through torrid rain for 10 hours to
appear in court in the picturesque Andean town of Celendin. From the
splendid hills of Sorochuco, she tracked down slippery roads and winding
footpaths to hear the case that the owners of the Yanacocha mine in
northern Peru have launched against her and her family. It is not the
other way around.''