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    Chile's water wars - 12 Jun 09

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    Al Jazeera English

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    Water in Chile is not a public resource, but private property traded as a commodity.

    In the mineral-rich northern desert, powerful mining companies are appropriating water from rivers and wells, leaving towns and cities without one of life's basic requirements.

    Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman reports from the world's driest town, Quillagua, on why the government is powerless to do anything about it.