Inheritance: A Fisherman’s Story

Peter Hegedus

Australia/Hungary 2003.

One day, an Australian corporation started a gold mining operation in the neighbouring country of Romania but failed to take into to account the fact that the Romanian climate is quite different from Australia’s, meaning that the cyanide waste should be have been stored differently than in Australia.

The result: a major environmental disaster occurs when 20,000 tons of cyanide seep into the Tisza River in 2000. One of the (many) sad consequences is that the seepage kills fish, ruining the livelihoods of the fishermen by eliminating their source of income.

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