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Synopsis: Over the past decade, open-pit mining in Latin America has grabbed many headlines for all the wrong reasons: environmental destruction, poisoned drinking water, corruption, and repression of environmental and human rights activists. The small town of Corpus in the highlands of southern Honduras presents a twist on this all-too-common story. The Clavo Rico open-pit gold mine, owned by US-based Reznor Resources, has ushered in the arrival of over a hundred small-scale open pit mines run by local businessmen. These small mines are spreading like cancer, destroying land and water and eradicating the livelihoods of surrounding communities.