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Risks of Peru's illegal 'gold rush'

7 March 2014 Last updated at 06:06 GMT

Encouraged by the soaring price of gold, hundreds of thousands of poorer people in Peru have been trying to strike gold in the country's makeshift mines, operating outside the law.

Peru's government is now trying to crack down on illegal prospecting by supporting "ethical gold mines" which aim to slow down environmental damage and give miners better working conditions.

Ciara Reardon reports.

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