Hannah, Ecuador

Hannah is a junior President’s Scholar majoring in political science in Dedman College and accounting in the Cox School, with a minor in Spanish. In spring 2012, she is in Quito, Ecuador, with BCA and SMU Abroad to study international politics, economic development, and social justice in Latin America.

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Postcards from Coca

A few photos from my class trip to Coca, a petroleum town in the Amazon. A group of environmental activists from an organization called Angel Shingre took us on a “Toxic Tour” to show us some of the catastrophic effects of mining, African palm plantations, and petroleum sites in the area. We visited several of the extraction sites and spoke with local families who have been affected by the oil contamination.

Visiting homes affected by contamination

Petroleum sites

Hiking in the jungle to see oil deposits

Petroleum extraction platform

An oil testing well

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