Colombia's Rebels Catch the Gold Bug

FARC and other groups mine and extort to get the precious metal
Photograph by Boris Heger/Polaris

Under a bright sun in northern Colombia this past April, heavily armed police raided a clandestine gold mining operation equipped with new excavators and other machinery. The police rounded up half a dozen workers at the site for questioning. The real quarry, however, was not there—the guerrillas and gangs who took a cut of the gold in return for letting mining equipment operate on their turf.

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