While most 15-year-old boys are on their way to school in the morning, Julio Cesar Gutierrez is on his way to work.
He toils inside the Cerro Rico, or "rich mountain" of Potosí, for the fabled Bolivian silver that looms at the peak at the Andes mountains, dominating every view of the highest city in the world. It is the oldest mine in the Americas and one of the oldest working mines in the world.
It is also one of the most dangerous.
The entrance to the mine is muddy, with a sloping...Full Story