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  • Drought in Chile
    Chile
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0220816.jpg
    The aculeo lake in Chile was a 12km2 lagoon a few years ago. It is now totally dry for 3 years due to too little rainfall. Many dead animals lay on the ground.
  • Drought in Chile
    Chile
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0220817.jpg
    An abandoned pontoon at the edge of the aculeo lake. The height of the construction lets imagine how far the water could go ...
  • Drought in Chile
    Chile
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0220818.jpg
    Jaime, 48, is a warehouseman on a lakeside campsite. The numbers have been cut in half since the disappearance of water, if it does not rain more the campsite may close next year for lack of attendance and Jaime will lose his job.
  • Drought in Chile
    Chile
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0220819.jpg
    The aculeo lake in Chile was a lagoon of 12km2 a few years ago. It is now totally dry for 3 years due to too little rainfall.
  • Drought in Chile
    Chile
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0220820.jpg
    The aculeo lake in Chile was a lagoon of 12km2 a few years ago. It is now totally dry for 3 years due to too little rainfall.
  • Drought in Chile
    Chile
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0220821.jpg
    At the edge of the highway that goes from north to south of Chile, a farmer exposes the corpse of a cow with a can of water. Many cattle are dying because of lack of water in Chile.
  • Drought in Chile
    Chile
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0220822.jpg
    At the edge of the highway that goes from north to south of Chile, a farmer exposes the corpse of a cow with a can of water. Many cattle are dying because of lack of water in Chile.
  • Drought in Chile
    Chile
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0220823.jpg
    In Monte Patria, more than 17% of the population left because of the drought for 10 years. They are among the first climate refugees on the continent.
  • Drought in Chile
    Chile
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0220824.jpg
    An illegal water pump on the Rio Grande in Monte Patria. It is forbidden by law to pump water from the river because it is the property of the city. in spite of this, few robbers are arrested.
  • Drought in Chile
    Chile
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0220825.jpg
    The Rio Grande, the river of the city of Monte Patria is practically dry. Three years ago, the water could reach up to 3 meters deep. But lack of rainfall and wild pumps caused its drought.
  • Drought in Chile
    Chile
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0220826.jpg
    The valley in the municipality of Monte Patria, we can see a large water reserve, green fields next to others totally dry. A contrast that allows to see the inequality of access to water in the country.
  • Drought in Chile
    Chile
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0220827.jpg
    Every day the town of Monte Patria organizes a tanker truck tour to distribute water to the inhabitants of the rural areas of the city. Everyone must register with the city and receive 50 liters per day per person living on site.
  • Drought in Chile
    Chile
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0220828.jpg
    The green plantations adjoin the fields completely dry. Despite the distribution of water it does not allow to have to cultivate large plots. Water is reserved for humans and livestock. The drought has plunged many peasants into misery.
  • Drought in Chile
    Chile
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0220829.jpg
    A young boy from a poor family in Monte Patria observes the water supply. He is part of a family of nomads, populations that are forced to move according to the seasons. The father takes the cattle to the mountains because it is richer in water but too difficult to live in.
  • Drought in Chile
    Chile
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0220830.jpg
    Lake Paloma south of Monte Patria is the second largest in South America. More than a quarter of its area is now dry. Heavy rains two years ago in this region had allowed him to raise his level. unfortunately it is too downstream for Monte Patria who can not enjoy it.
  • Drought in Chile
    Chile
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0220831.jpg
    Petorca, a small town north of Santiago where the lawyer is king. The streams are dry and the landscape is peeled by drought, but vast green acres appear across the valley. Mono-crop planting consumes all the water, in addition to this poor water management is added a lack of rain, just a few millimeters this year. The municipality is organizing a distribution of water, but anger is mounting among the inhabitants, who see the crops grow day by day and their water supply diminish. A few years ago the whole valley was green and many fruit trees grow, now the export of avocado to Europe and China has taken over.
  • Drought in Chile
    Chile
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0220832.jpg
    Barbed wire protect the avocado fields, a real gold mine for its owner, knowing that the market value of a kg is around 25 euros in Rungis.
  • Drought in Chile
    Chile
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0220833.jpg
    Very greedy, an avocado tree needs about 600 liters of water a week to develop properly. Knowing that on average it is 350 for a human being over the same period.
  • Drought in Chile
    Chile
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0220834.jpg
    Very greedy, an avocado tree needs about 600 liters of water a week to develop properly. Knowing that on average it is 350 for a human being over the same period.
  • Drought in Chile
    Chile
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0220835.jpg
    A cow grazes a dead bush in a dry field.
  • Drought in Chile
    Chile
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0220836.jpg
    Raoul, 32, a former farmer, lives on a farm with his wife, son and two parents. It has been more than 10 years since he really liked it. Breeders of dairy cows, they lost more than 40 animals out of 50 because of lack of water. They also have some avocados but they give very little fruit. The family divided by two are food budget and Raoul had to leave the family farm to find work in town.
  • Drought in Chile
    Chile
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0220837.jpg
    From the window of the Quimenez family you can see the avocado fields.
  • Drought in Chile
    Chile
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0220838.jpg
    Huge pools of water at the exit of Petorca, they are the reserves for the avocado fields of a large landowner.
  • The Rio Guaire in Caracas.
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0203662.jpg
    The Rio Guaire is the river that runs through the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. The city's sewage flows into it.
  • The Rio Guaire in Caracas.
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0203663.jpg
    The Rio Guaire is the river that runs through the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. The city's sewage flows into it.
  • The Rio Guaire in Caracas.
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0203664.jpg
    The Rio Guaire is the river that runs through the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. The city's sewage flows into it.
  • The Rio Guaire in Caracas.
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0203665.jpg
    The Rio Guaire is the river that runs through the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. The city's sewage flows into it.
  • The Rio Guaire in Caracas.
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0203666.jpg
    The Rio Guaire is the river that runs through the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. The city's sewage flows into it.
  • The Rio Guaire in Caracas.
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0203667.jpg
    The Rio Guaire is the river that runs through the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. The city's sewage flows into it.
  • The Rio Guaire in Caracas.
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0203668.jpg
    The Rio Guaire is the river that runs through the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. The city's sewage flows into it.
  • The Rio Guaire in Caracas.
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0203669.jpg
    The Rio Guaire is the river that runs through the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. The city's sewage flows into it.
  • The Rio Guaire in Caracas.
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0203670.jpg
    The Rio Guaire is the river that runs through the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. The city's sewage flows into it.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202475.jpg
    Since the start of the crisis in Venezuela, which coincides with Maduro's arrival in power in 2014, the country has sunk very fast while being one of the most stable in South America. With a currency that is worthless, salaries that are no longer paid, a rate of inflation that skyrockets, a real humanitarian crisis is underway in Venezuela. The most affected inhabitants are, as usual, the poorest. Some then decided to turn to Rio Guaire, the only river in the valley, to try to make a few dollars. By draining the bottom, gold diggers put rings, gold bracelets, earrings and other precious metals back. Thanks to this, they make a few tens of dollars each time, much more than a salary of civil servant.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202476.jpg
    The Rio Guaire is a small river in Venezuela, and the only one in the Caracas Valley. Since the late nineteenth century, it serves as sewer to the entire capital, it is the main voice of sewage disposal. Since the beginning of the 21st century, it has been in a very worrying ecological state.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202477.jpg
    Josue left, 19, crosses every day except weekends the express way to fetch gold in the river. He works to feed his family composed of his mother and his little brother. He has just been released from a 7-month prison term, wrongly accused by the cable theft police. On the right Enzo, 40, in the search for gold for 5 years now. He would like to have a real job, but he earns a lot more thanks to the river.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202478.jpg
    Alexander, aka Barlovento, 49, has been looking for gold for almost 8 years., He presents himself as the leader of the sector because of his seniority.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202479.jpg
    Ignacio, 27, is looking for gold every day to provide for his family. He lives with his wife aged 21, and their 3 children of 4, 2 and 1 year in a government building -Mision Vivienda-. He lost his leg in a motorcycle accident, in Venezuela the disabled do not receive any help from the state, and must work to live. He manages to find an average of one gram of gold a day, and his biggest catch was a ring of 7 grams of gold.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202480.jpg
    A golden alliance found in the waters of Rio Guaire. Larry his owner has enough economy to leave the country. He wants to go live in Spain, unfortunately the country does not issue him a residence permit.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202481.jpg
    The buildings of the -Mission Vivienda- house many Venezuelans in precarious situation, are government buildings HLM style, tenants pay rent directly to the state that grants the apartments. An operation that began 8 years ago, before the inhabitants were happy because they had access to housing and food distribution against their votes, but now many people choose to switch to the opposition because the situation is too hard, and the government no longer maintains the buildings and no longer distributes food rations.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202482.jpg
    In the waters of Rio Cuaire many rubbish floats, this can be dangerous for gold seekers because in Venezuela the slightest injury can become serious.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202483.jpg
    A group of young gold diggers living by the river in very difficult conditions. Just behind them is the great expressway of the capital a 2 times 3 ways with in the middle of the river and its men and women who try to survive by draining the soil of their hands.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202484.jpg
    Life on the banks of the river is hard, it reads on all faces. Caracas is one of the most dangerous cities in the world, the number of killings explodes with the rise of poverty, and living outdoors carries a lot of risks.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202485.jpg
    With water up to the waist, gold diggers must dive to the head to drain the bottom with their hands.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202486.jpg
    A gold digger exposes his booty of the day. This approach began to appear about 3 years ago, the crisis touching the country, the poorest people have to fend for themselves to survive.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202487.jpg
    Many teenagers work in Venezuela, very young they are obliged to support the family, precious metals researchers are many under 20 years old and have been working for several years in the river.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202488.jpg
    Oliver Espana, 16, has been a gold digger for about two years since losing his father. He earns about 40,000 bolivars a day the equivalent of $ 16.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202489.jpg
    3 young gold prospectors descend into the river to go prospecting. They go there only mornings at the beginning of the week. It is a dangerous territory and prized by competition, clashes with other gold seekers are not uncommon.
    The arm of the river on the edge of the Petare district has become a real open-air dump.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202490.jpg
    Oliver Paredes, 18, looks in the palm of his hands after scouring the ground for every precious metal. Good days can be up to 20 dollars. The bottom of this arm of the Rio Guaire near the popular area of ​​Petare is completely saturated with waste of any kind, a real dump.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202491.jpg
    The cap and the bag of a researcher of gold.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202492.jpg
    Gold diggers can spend whole days in the fresh water. Pollution causes skin problems for some people.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202493.jpg
    The lean booty of the trio, all metal is recovered, here the faucet, a watch strap, a fork and pistol cases. All are looking for lost gold jewelry or fallen in the toilet.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202494.jpg
    In Caracas many men look for gold and precious metals in wastewater. There are not really any precise numbers but they should be several hundreds or thousands across the capital.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202495.jpg
    The bottom of the river is completely saturated with waste of all kinds. Gold diggers pull out several kilograms of trash every day of research. They must be very careful not to get hurt because lack of hygiene and lack of medicine can be fatal to an arm or leg. Many people are amputated minor infections due to lack of medical means.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202496.jpg
    A gold digger pulling his hands from the bottom to try to find every bit of precious metal.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202497.jpg
    A young gold miner under the age of 15 uses a plastic bag braided as a sieve, the lack of tools does not play in their favor to find any piece of precious metal.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202498.jpg
    A young researcher of gold.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202499.jpg
    Many gold seekers live in popular neighborhoods like here in Petare, one of the most dangerous barrios in South America. Many families live in difficult conditions, everyone has to fend for themselves as best they can to make a few dollars.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202500.jpg
    Inside the housing of a sewer gold finder. The extreme poverty in which a large part of the population lives is plunging the country into an unprecedented crisis. Most young people want to see Maduro leave the presidency but not much hope for their future.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202501.jpg
    End of the day for young gold diggers, they meet to discuss and pass the time.
  • Gold from the sewers of Caracas
    Venezuela
    Adrien Vautier
    LePictorium_0202502.jpg
    In the city many jewels whose stalls are empty offer to buy gold and precious metals at the price of the black market. It is an illegal business because it is highly regulated and supervised by the government, despite the risks of many shops that are well-established and brave the risk.
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