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Sweden changes position in Arica case

Foto: Kristian Pohl/Regeringskansliet
Foto: Kristian Pohl/Regeringskansliet

In a debate in Swedish Parliament, the Swedish Minister of Environment suddenly changed the Swedish position towards supporting Chile in cleaning up the contaminated areas in Arica, Chile.  In a non-scripted part of the discussion Bolund says: ”We have a lot of clean up work to do for our own part, and we spend much…

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The Swedish Cemetery

People in the affected area in Arica have painted a mural on the wall surrounding the toxic waste from Boliden.Women in Arica, affected by the Boliden waste, have made a beautiful film…

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Elia Cortez

In the film Elia Cortez is seen as she tells Lars and Rodrigo about the numerous cancer cases in her neighborhood. Today she is running a “Solidarity Pot” in order to help…

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Rodrigo Pino Vargas

Rodrigo Pino Vargas is presented in the film as a community leader in Arica. His role is informal, but since 2004 his engagement in the Boliden case has been of great importance to…

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Patricia Aguirre

Patricia Aguirre with her daughter Abigail. Abigail is seriously handicapped since she was born. Patricia is one of the 796 plaintiffs in the case. If they win the case Patricia hopes to…

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Background

In 1984, the Swedish mining company Boliden had toxic waste shipped to Chile, where it was supposed to be properly processed. In reality, some of the waste was dumped on the outskirts…

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