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Andean Group - January 2020

Introduction

In Venezuela, the deaths of eight people in the gold-mining town of Ikabarú, on Bolívar state’s Brazilian border, has drawn significant national attention. The so-called ‘Ikabarú massacre’ is the latest violent incident linked to criminal gangs seeking to take advantage of the region’s vast mineral wealth. The first piece in this January edition of Latin American Regional Report: Andean Group explores how the ongoing crisis in Venezuela’s oil industry has sparked a gold rush that is blurring the boundaries between legal and illegal mining, with dire consequences for the local population.

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