Sunday, January 17, 2010

Operation Gwamba

Images from Life Magazine: January 1964















From 1961-1964 the Suriame River flooded as a result of a large dam constructed by Suralco. The dam would provide electricity to the bauxite factory as well as the city of Paramaribo. The flood and resulting reservoir, commonly called Brokopondo, displaced 5,000 people from their villages in the interior. It severely damaged the river's ecosystem; the lake is famous for it's eerie dead trees and lack of bio-diversity. In 1964, these photos were taken of Operation Gwamba, an effort to save thousands of wild animals from the flood. I found these pictures intriguing.