Social issues

Putting Women First: The Mujeres Creando Daycare of Dreams

24 Feb, 2015 | Laura Wotton

It is 11AM on a Monday morning and twelve young children wielding plastic cars and picture books totter about in the brightly coloured basement of the Virgen de Los Deseos. An array of animal cushions...

SCHOOL ENROLLMENT CHAOS

24 Feb, 2015 | Nick Somers

Let the Queues Begin ‘Some parents have slept here since the first of January’, says Fidelia, who is queueing toward the end of a long line to enroll her youngest child, who is four and a half year...

RECONSTRUCTING MY PAST

24 Feb, 2015 | Christof Bex

A quest to find my Bolivian birth mother PHOTO: NICK SOMERS Every day I spend wandering through the streets of La Paz, I see scenes that are foreign to the world I grew up in. Cholitas pass b...

LIFE LESSONS FOR THE BOYS OF BOLIVIA

24 Feb, 2015 | Laura Wotton

Rethinking How to Be a Man An hour or so southwest of La Paz lies the town of Viacha, bustling but comfortably so, its maze of brown-faced buildings baking in the midday heat. Corner shops spill on...

THE UPBRINGING OF EVO

24 Feb, 2015 | Ali Macleod

The Travails of Young Morales On 21 January, Evo Morales was inaugurated as president of Bolivia for the third time at the ancient site of Tiwanaku, near Lake Titicaca, in a ceremony that mirrored I...

INTRODUCING: YESICA

24 Feb, 2015 | Laura Wotton

Yesica is eight years old, wears a bright pink top and a contagious smile. Sitting together in the early morning sunlight we talk boyfriends, animals and what she wants to be when she grows up. Wha...

A PEOPLE WITHOUT MEMORY IS A PEOPLE WITHOUT HISTORY

24 Dec, 2014 | Adriana Murillo

‘Bolivia has gone through incredible eras: the War of The Pacific, the Chaco War, and many other dramatic periods. Incredible photographs have been taken of all of these times,’ says Bolivian photogra...

PHOTOGRAPHY IN AN AGE OF VISUAL CONTAMINATION

24 Dec, 2014 | Alejandro Loayza Grisi

Cables, advertisements, meaningless graffiti; posters, billboards and political propaganda: these are only some of the things that mark our urban landscape in La Paz. Practically every wall or stree...

THE ERA OF DIGITAL DATING

25 Nov, 2014 | Vicky Roberts

Finding Love in the Palm of your Hand Swipe left, swipe right; left, right, left, left, right. Anyone who’s been looking for love in the past couple of years (and hasn’t been hiding under a rock)...

MEET ME AT THE MOTEL

25 Nov, 2014 | Sophia Vahdati

MOTELS IN LA PAZ OFFER UP A SPACE OF SEXUAL FREEDOM AND SECRECY FOR YOUNG PACEÑOS Photo: Valeria Wilde The door opens up into a hidden cave of treasures. I walk through a rounded tunnel; the c...

Want to Speak Like a Paceño? ‘Yaaaa!’

25 Nov, 2014 | Vicky Roberts

Things you notice when you first arrive in La Paz: the mountains, the cholitas, the traffic… and then the resounding choruses of ‘Yaaaa’ exclaimed by the younger generation, a linguistic idiom that ha...

JAILONES

25 Nov, 2014 | Rodrigo Barrenechea

“Too many bottles of this wine we can't pronounce Too many bowls of that green, no lucky charms The maids come around too much Parents ain't around enough Too many joy rides in daddy's jag...

WHEN DO YOU STOP BEING YOUNG?

25 Nov, 2014 | Wilmer Machaca

In all societies, age appears to be one of the principal defining attributes of activity and social image. Age and sex form the basis for social classification, coding and structuring in a demographic...

YOUNG BUT ADULT

25 Nov, 2014 | Adriana Murillo Argandona

Between light and shadow... Illustration: Oscar Zalles Sarita lives in Santa Cruz with her boyfriend. She gets up every morning to begin work at 6 am at a supermarket and works until 2 in the a...

COBWEBS IN THE SKY

22 Oct, 2014 | Rodrigo Barrenechea

“ Do the Evolution” Illustration: Oscar Zalles Suddenly I find myself once again flying over this city which is always so familiar from high above in an airplane, and realizing, to my surpri...