Maria Villasis sweeps in front of her chicken house.
In back of her is an old oil can and a large field which was once an oil pit that's
been covered up and leaks oil into the neighboring ground and well
water. The pollution has given her many health problems with her liver and
stomach due to the pollution of the water. She and her family rely on the
land for food including there corn but pollution has made much of it
uneatable so they give it to the chickens. Her husband is a potential
witness in the trial against ChevronTexaco. Picture taken in Shushufindi just
east and across the river from Lago Agrio, Ecuador. Picture taken in
Sucumbios region in Ecuador, Thursday, October 23, 2003.