EFEBy Paula Bayarte Ancon, Peru

For hundreds of years, the waters off this Peruvian coastal town have filled up every morning with boats, nets and fish.

But all that is visible now is the desperation and anger on the faces of fishermen who lost virtually everything when an oil spill north of Lima caused the worst ecological disaster in recent memory.

The spill occurred on Jan. 15 when freak waves from a tsunami-triggering volcanic eruption near the faraway island nation of Tonga rocked a tanker as it was unloading crude at Spanish oil company Repsol's La Pampilla Refinery.