“What Pegman saw” is a weekly challenge based on Google Streetview. Using the location provided, you must write a piece of flash fiction of no more than 150 words. You can read the rules here. You can find today’s location on this page, from where you can also get the Inlinkz code. This week’s prompt is Armenia.
Tsaghkunyats Ridge, Armenia © Roland Yeghiazaryan, Google Maps
“There’s been another leak from the copper mine into the River Artsvanik.”
Grigor, local leader of the Armenian Environmental Front, rested his hand gently on his friend Ari’s shoulder and looked at the laptop. The video from the drone-mounted camera was shaky, but clearly showed filthy water from the waste tailings pond pouring into the river.
The two men looked at each other. Downstream, the river provided water for agriculture and the waste gushing into it was full of toxic metals.
“No point telling the authorities,” said Grigor. Ari nodded. Money had changed hands.
“Should we tell the farmers?” suggested Ari.
Grigor shook his head.
“They’d lose business.”
He rubbed his side where he’d had two ribs broken. The police had shown no interest in finding his attackers.
“Send the video to Friends of the Earth?”
“We could try. They’re international – and the mine is owned by Germans.”