Chile 2010; Copiapo; MINNING-ON THE WILDE SIDE. “we have son many pirquineros in the mountains. Some don´t come back. Maybe they left. Maybe they died. Nobody knows,” says Ignacio Nazar.
Freelance miners, knwon as “pirquineros” burrow deep underground, with rudimentary safety measures.
Hazardz and freedom: Pirquineros say they like being able to make their own decisions. And there is always the slim chance striking it rich.
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