Hundreds of Peruvian miners, thrown out of work by the closure of the Rio Pallanga mine last year, arrived in Lima, the nation's capital, earlier this year on a "March of Sacrifice" to dramatise their demands that the mine be reactivated.
GVs Banner on building balcony in Lima (2 shots)
GV TV People in courtyard with striking miners, makeshift housing, family life in courtyard hovels (6 shots)
SV Women washing clothes in buckets, children nearby (2 shots)
GVs Market stalls, food supplies, food being prepared for communal meal (5 shots)
GVs & SVs Children taught in makeshift classroom (5 shots)
GVs People queueing for food (2 shots)
GVs Marchers with banners protesting miners' working conditions, women and babies marching alongside (4 shots)
SV & GV Miners chanting, banners being held (2 shots)
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Background: Hundreds of Peruvian miners, thrown out of work by the closure of the Rio Pallanga mine last year, arrived in Lima, the nation's capital, earlier this year on a "March of Sacrifice" to dramatise their demands that the mine be reactivated. A further demand is for payment of wages which the protestors have lost during the seven months since the mine shut down. The miners and their families are subsisting in conditions of desperate poverty, helped only by minimal payments from their union and local charitable institutions. Meanwhile, the miners' families somehow manage to exist in makeshift housing arrangements, washing clothes and preparing their meals communally. Children receive classroom instruction while their parents take to the streets in protest against their primitive living circumstances. Peru's economic crisis has grown increasingly severe during the past two years, with rampant unemployment, a crushing foreign currency debt, and a rising inflation rate.