Men dig sand by hand on the Carepa River, Urabá. Horse-drawn carts and lorries are loaded with river sand and sold for local building work. These small artisanal operations are incomparable to the industrial removal of sand up-river where 200 lorry-loads are removed daily to be used on large infrastructure projects like highways. The large-scale mining of sand changes the speed and course of the river, creating environmental problems and danger for people who live near the river as it changes course. Near Carepa city, the river has changed course by 100m in recent years, taking houses with it. Currently it is just a few metres from housing and moving closer daily.
- © Sean Hawkey
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- Colombia: Urabá, Carepa river