still locked


This is a small outhouse with a flush toilet.

A mining company, or an NGO, or a department of the municipality or some combination thereof built this outhouse for a Peruvian Quechua family in the high Sierras as compensation for mining pollution in the region.

The door of the outhouse is still locked.

No one has any plans to use it.

As I walked on a dirt path in this small town at 3,800m near the city of San Marcos in the Ancash Region of Peru, I saw ten to twenty of these identical looking flush-toilet outhouses.

They were all locked.

Mining is happening just over the next mountain range. The rivers are polluted with heavy metals and there is hardly hot water for showering.

Maybe they could think of something other than a

flush toilet.

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