Inside the Mountain That Eats Men

Young miners in Potosí, Bolivia risk their lives each day.

Mining for Survival

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The green bags are ubiquitous. Miners arrive early in the day, but spend an hour chewing the sacred coca leaves they buy in those green bags. Coca is the base of cocaine, but as a raw leaf it is not a drug, just a strong stimulant. Miners told us they couldn't do their grueling work without the numbing effect of coca. It has been this way here for almost 500 years. (Jeffrey Kofman/ABC News)
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