Social issues

Out of the Closet, Into the Fire?

14 Mar, 2013 | Bolivian Express

Changes in Bolivian Laws signal some progress towards recognising sexual freedoms, though for gay rights to improve in practice, society must follow suit. Can culture hold the key for change?...

Rainbow Nation?

14 Mar, 2013 | Carlos (Kaamil) Shah

Bolivia is now officially Plurinational, has South America’s first indigenous President, and is developing in unexpected ways. But with a racial past as murky as Bolivia’s, can the country overcome it...

Artful Rebellion

14 Mar, 2013 | Connor Larson

Connor Larson explores how art is helping El Alto’s youths find personal growth. A volunteer, an MC, and the Minister of Cultures Pablo Groux help her understand how their cultural expressions can als...

Unlove - When Love Has Lost Its LLajwa

15 Feb, 2013 | Frans Robyns

With Valentines Day around the corner, couples frolicking together in carnivalesque frenzy, hearts on sale at every street corner and love charms for sale to make your passionate crush fall in love...

Blind Love

15 Feb, 2013 | Selene Pinto

"When the sun shines, he comes close to me and he can see the sparkle in my eyes', says Fernanda while embracing Franklin. They are both gradually losing their sight and are almost completely blind. H...

Love in the Andes

15 Feb, 2013 | Caroline Risacher

Courtship and Marriage Rites in the Altiplano Within the Andean conception of life, getting married follows a higher purpose than simply finding a companion for life. The idea of dating for weeks...

Tainted Love - Private Investigators in La Paz

15 Feb, 2013 | Frans Robyns

From the outside it seems like a perfectly happy marriage. The husband makes a good living; he can provide for his family everything they could possibly want. They have two happy and healthy children...

Amartelo - The Love Sickness

15 Feb, 2013 | Luciana Molina

Whether we’ve been heartbroken or experienced deep suffering at the loss of a loved one, most of us have been lovesick at some point in our lives. In the Andes we have a name for this malady: amartelo...

Constellation Sacaba

30 Jan, 2013 | Amaru Villanueva Rance

The Ch’askitas, named after the quechua word for star, are Sacaba’s latest girl-band export. Amaru Villanueva Rance went to meet these folk starlets to learn their story, and left with three goddaught...

Faces of El Alto Market

30 Jan, 2013 | Niall Flynn; Joel Balsam

If the end of the world arrives on December 21, as the Mayans predicted, two things will survive: cockroaches and the Feria de El Alto. Every Sunday and Thursday, thousands flock to one of South Ameri...

Grand Designs - Apocalyptic Architecture

30 Jan, 2013 | Joel Balsam

At the End of Days ‘It’s been a historical dilemma for Andean cities’, said Bolivian architect Mijael Bumuller. ‘An increase in demographics causes thousands to move to, and build on, the side of...

Tall Tales of La Paz

10 Jan, 2013 | Caroline Risacher

How to Avoid Getting Mugged in the City 'Boteros, lanceros, monrreros, descuidistas, cuenteros, jaladores, pildoritas, secuestro express, cumbreros, carreros, cogoteros, documenteros....’ Thus be...

Oversight to Overhaul

21 Nov, 2012 | Theo Haynes

The bodies in the Room When the Red Cross carried out a diagnosis of the Bolivian medical services in early 2011, one of the most distressing issues was the infrastructure of the morgue in La Paz. T...

Weaving Dreams

04 Nov, 2012 | Rose Acton

Stitching their way across the seams of country borders, Bolivians head south in search of a better future. With over 1.2 million residents, the largest Bolivian community outside the country is...

City Lights

04 Nov, 2012 | Tjitske Anna Zwart

Rural-Urban migration Trajectories in the Bolivian Andes At 4,150 meters above sea level, towering above the city of La Paz, you’ll find El Alto: a migrant town made up almost entirely of indigen...