Priest tends to miners, sex workers deep in Peru’s Amazon

Priest tends to miners, sex workers deep in Peru’s Amazon

Father Pablo Zabala, better known as Padre Pablo, presides over a burial service for miner Juan Peralta at the Delta 1 cemetery, in Peru’s Madre de Dios region. The 70-year-old Spanish priest tends to some of the rainforest’s most hapless souls, like Juan Peralta, who was shot dead in a dispute with an indigenous tribe and had no wife or children to mourn him.
Father Pablo Zabala, better known as Padre Pablo, cleans up the sleeping quarters where he resides in Boca Colorado, part of Peru’s Madre de Dios region in the Amazon. The 70-year-old Spanish priest first traveled to the Amazon in 1978 when, as a young biologist, he collected butterflies and condors for his university’s museum in Spain.

Priest tends to miners, sex workers deep in Peru’s Amazon

Father Pablo Zabala, better known as Padre Pablo, presides over a burial service for miner Juan Peralta at the Delta 1 cemetery, in Peru’s Madre de Dios region. The 70-year-old Spanish priest tends to some of the rainforest’s most hapless souls, like Juan Peralta, who was shot dead in a dispute with an indigenous tribe and had no wife or children to mourn him.
Father Pablo Zabala, better known as Padre Pablo, cleans up the sleeping quarters where he resides in Boca Colorado, part of Peru’s Madre de Dios region in the Amazon. The 70-year-old Spanish priest first traveled to the Amazon in 1978 when, as a young biologist, he collected butterflies and condors for his university’s museum in Spain.

Priest tends to miners, sex workers deep in Peru’s Amazon

Father Pablo Zabala, better known as Padre Pablo, wields his machete while harvesting bananas on land owned by the Catholic Church in Boca Colorado, part of Peru’s Madre de Dios region in the Amazon. Zabala, 70, has lived in the Amazon for 24 years and spent the last 10 running a Catholic parish that works with about two dozen mining camps.

Priest tends to miners, sex workers deep in Peru’s Amazon

Father Pablo Zabala, better known as Padre Pablo, fishes with residents in a pool he converted into a natural pond to grow fish for consumption in Boca Colorado, part of Peru’s Madre de Dios region in the Amazon. The 70-year-old Spanish priest says he is a fisher of men as Jesus as asked.

Priest tends to miners, sex workers deep in Peru’s Amazon

Father Pablo Zabala, better known as Padre Pablo, floats in a pool he converted into a natural pond to grow fish for consumption in Boca Colorado, part of Peru’s Madre de Dios region in the Amazon. The mercury used by wildcat miners has seeped into the region’s food chain, obligating the government in 2016 to declare an emergency across a broad jungle area.
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