Skip to main content

Jessica Benko

Jessica Benko is a freelance journalist focusing on stories about science, medicine, technology, and the environment. She lives in Brooklyn, New Yok.


Mother of God, Child of Zeus

Fall 2010 | Reporting

I want to lie like the street dogs do, bare stomach skyward, inviting the lightest touch of breeze. The men here rest that way too, in plastic chairs shaded by blue-tarp awnings, T-shirts hiked up over their bellies. Small, naked children sprawl, listless, on the cool tile floors of Laberinto’s gold-buying shops along the southern bank of Peru’s broad Rio Madre de Dios.