Social issues

Bolivian wildlife under threat

01 Jul, 2012 | Harry Shepherd

Trafficking One of the biggest threats to the wildlife of Bolivia, and indeed the rest of South America, lies in the animals' economic value and the worldwide commerce of wildlife trafficking. Af...

A new beginning for Bolivia's disabled?

15 May, 2012 | Roisin Mendonca

A group of Bolivia's disabled population has been exposed to a totally unique experience in which heavy medication has been replaced with stimulation and motivation. This distinctive space, a multisen...

Earning my stripes

05 May, 2012 | Patrick Dowling

I never expected animal crossings in downtown La Paz. But a walk past San Francisco church between 8 and 10 am would make anyone take a second look. In the heart of the city, young adults dressed as z...

The culture of protest

28 Feb, 2012 | Georgiana Keate

The history of protest in Bolivia is an illustrious one – you could even say it is one of the many national symbols of the new Plurinacional state You leave your house and home behind, taking nothin...

Nazareth Flores Cabao: A marcher’s story

28 Feb, 2012 | Sharoll Fernadez and Xenia Elsaesser

Nazareth Flores Cabao is the Vice president of CEPIB, Central de pueblos indigenas de Beni. She is of Italoma heritage and comes from Magdalena, a town in Beni near the Brazilian border. She recently...

A united front

28 Feb, 2012 | Omari Eccleston-Brown

Bolivia does exist, but it’s a nation divided along invisible lines: East and West; loose borders that separate one ancestral community from the next; and perhaps most strongly, the breach between the...

Tipnis

28 Feb, 2012 | Georgiana Keate

At the heart of the storm, there appeared a division between morales as an indigenous leader and a socialist leader. For the last few months in Bolivia, tipnis has been on everybody’s tongues. It ha...

Brickfast

01 Nov, 2011 | Gabriel Kumontoy

Bricks are being laid fast here in Bolivia. They are also being feasted upon. Just as fast by the Pachamama. Their interiors, contrary to their gaudy exteriors have bare-naked walls devoid of pr...

Project Durazno

22 Sep, 2011 | Xenia Elsaesser

Independent cinema has a hard time of it in the richest of countries, and in Bolivia it is no easier.Filmmakers must campaign for funds to finance their projects and expect little profit: here the dif...

Gran Poder

20 Jul, 2011 | Georgia Wolff

In La Paz the fiesta never stops: paceños never miss an opportuni­ty for a celebration and they know how to party hard. Rarely a day goes by when one of the city’s streets isn’t closed to host a festi...

The devil’s in the detail

20 Jul, 2011 | Ivan Rodriguez Petkovic

One of many ways to show gratitude, an image that allows us to remember the huge impact of the fiesta in Bolivia...A demonstration of its intense resonanace for people across the globe... Motivating p...

Bolivia in drag

18 Jul, 2011 | Amaru Villanueva Rance

A portrait of the familia Galan. “What questions do you usually get asked in interviews?” is the last question I ask David Aruquipa. This is perhaps the best place to begin. ‘I get asked a lot of...

Cochabamba express

18 Jul, 2011 | Matthew Grace

Life in Bolivia behind bars On may 19, 2008, three young Norwegian women, Stina Brendemo Hagan, then 17 years old; Madeleine Rodriguez, then 20; and Christina Oygarden, then 18–along with Madeleine...

Blonde but Bolivian

18 Jul, 2011 | Camilla Swift

Expats and their offspring After 5 months of living and working in La Paz, I became increasingly intrigued with the idea of expats who, by moving abroad, end up raising their children in a differen...

From Africa to the Andes

18 Jul, 2011 | Nina Triado and Georgia Wolf

After a frightening number of cases of discrimination against afrobolivians were disregarded by the Bolivian government, Jorge Medina eventually made a breakthrough in his struggle for the recognition...