Victor Mendoza, the president of a farming co-op near the sprawling Yanacocha gold mine in northern Peru, with his 10-year-old son. The mine, built two decades ago with the financial backing of the International Finance Corp., the private-lending arm of the World Bank, is deeply unpopular in this region. Farmers like Mendoza claim it is polluting their water supply and threatening the health of their families and livestock.
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The World Bank’s Trail of Misery

In developing countries around the globe, forest dwellers, poor villagers and other vulnerable populations claim development projects led by the World Bank — the planet’s oldest and most powerful development lender — have left a trail of misery.