The girls from Coronel

In Coronel, Chile, 400 people live from the fishtrade. The region is so poor that even nine year old girls must work hard to help their families to survive. Like their mothers and grandmothers have done for so many years.

After the coal industry has crashed, and the fishing grounds have been destroyed (fishflour is one of Chile’s most important export products), the survival of the families in Coronel has become harder and harder from generation to generation. Little children beg for fish, older boys steal fish and coal like their fathers did before. Girls help their mothers to clean other people’s fish at the port for a handful Pesos. They prepare lure and help to clean fishing boats.