Slideshow: Unease over Guatemalan gold rush

Mayan people in the western highlands of Guatemala are protesting against open-pit gold mining close to the town of Sipacapa. They say the mine has damaged their homes and caused pollution.

The Canadian company which owns the site - Goldcorp - has hired experts to refute the claims , and says its work has created much-needed jobs. The company has also paid for healthcare facilities and schooling for local children.

Bill Law has been to Sipacapa for Radio 4's Crossing Continents series:

This edition of Crossing Continents was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 21 August at 1102 BST.

It will be repeated on Monday 25 August at 2030 BST, and will then be available for 7 days on the BBC iPlayer.

Photography by Arlene Gregorius and Bill Law. Slideshow production by Paul Kerley.




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