The Curse of Black Gold Vast Oil Find Puts Guyana on the Verge of Riches - or Failure

Guyana has always been one of South America's poorest countries. But now that ExxonMobil has discovered a new oil field off the coast, the tiny nation could become one of the world's richest. But will it be a blessing or a curse?
By Hauke Goos in Georgetown, Guyana
A street in Guyana's capital, Georgetown

A street in Guyana's capital, Georgetown

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The brothers Lars (above) and Jan Mangal (below): "Lars will write ... That my life would be in danger were I to return."

The brothers Lars (above) and Jan Mangal (below): "Lars will write ... That my life would be in danger were I to return."

Youths on the beach at Georgetown: Nothing will stay the same

Youths on the beach at Georgetown: Nothing will stay the same

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Ram, the critic, and Janki, the attorney: "It is like a human comedy under a magnifying glass."

Ram, the critic, and Janki, the attorney: "It is like a human comedy under a magnifying glass."

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