Social issues

Hearts and Crafts

15 May, 2016 | Karina Guzmán

Indigenous Artisans Create SolidarityPhoto Courtesy of Artecampo and CIDACAsk backpackers who have spent any amount of time straddling the spine of the Andes what they remember about Bolivia, and they...

Cervical Cancer in Rural Bolivia

15 May, 2016 | Karina Guzman

Almost Entirely Preventable, the Disease Still Takes Its TollPhoto: William WroblewskiNicolasa, an 84-year-old widow, says that she moved to Pucarani – a community 55 kilometres from La Paz – after ge...

Living on the Edge

21 Apr, 2016 | Anna Grace

Photo: Anna GraceLife in Bolivian Border TownsSurrounded by land on all sides, it is not surprising that Bolivia can call itself a neighbour to no fewer than five countries in total. Brazil, Peru, Chi...

Mujeres Luchando

21 Apr, 2016 | Clara Buxton

The unfinished struggle to take back the streetsPhoto: Michael Dunn C.‘I remember I was waiting on the corner near my house and a car went by. The driver’s friend whistled at me. It was so uncomfortab...

Día del mar

21 Apr, 2016 | Ellen Frank-Delgado

Photos:Ellen Frank-DelgadoThe century old struggle for Avaroa’s coastlineIn the days leading up to Día del Mar, Plaza Abaroa is a tranquil place. All that can be heard are the sounds of gardeners peac...

Extranjeros en Bolivia

21 Apr, 2016 | Ellen Frank-Delgado

Finding home across the borderAccording to the National Institute of Statistics of Bolivia, the country had 562,461 immigrants living inside its borders in 2012. Yet, in an increasingly complex and in...

Elephant Cemeteries

28 Mar, 2016 | Hugh Ollard

Photo: William WroblewskiFinding death in hidden bars across La PazThe windows are curtained, boarded-up or papered over. A black iron shutter covers the only door at the entrance. In front of the bro...

Cocaine and Lithium

28 Mar, 2016 | Oliwia Rogala

Photo: Oliwia RogalaTwo drugs that challenge the country‘From coca leaves to lithium, Bolivia is rich in beautiful and dangerous resources.’Coca leaves are deeply rooted in Bolivian history and tradit...

The Catastrophe of Lago Poopó

25 Feb, 2016 | Kit Fretz

When Bolivia's second largest lake dries up, what is left behind?                      &nb...

Lo Ocurrido

13 Jan, 2016 | J.Q. Cooley

A Journey Through TimeShe climbs toward the light. The elder cholita drags her legs, weeping willows as heavy as the memory of her grandchildren. Snow dances on Illimani’s three peaks. Another woman a...

Mennonites? In Bolivia? Mennonites! In Bolivia!

13 Jan, 2016 | J.Q. Cooley

A Reclusive Religious Sect that Avoids the Rest of this Country‘¡Mala gente, mala gente!’ a Bolivian peach vendor shouts at a tall, pug-faced, cocky man trying to buy things from her whilst speaking i...

La Hora Boliviana

13 Jan, 2016 | J.Q. Cooley

A Meditation on Timeliness in BoliviaI come from a place of harsh deadlines and harsher sentiments on tardiness. School, the workplace, the dating scene: in many North American circles, tardiness is f...

Not on my watch

13 Jan, 2016 | Anna Grace

Bolivia’s Attempt to Shed its Colonial PastTime: the universal truth, a constant system across nations. Definite, concrete, unquestionable?The wrist watch I am wearing begs to differ. It has a black l...

Time for change

13 Jan, 2016 | Anna Grace

The Strive for Gender Equality Within the Plurinational StateFrom documents demanding change to señoras selling cheese: the fight for equality can be undertaken in many ways. I explore two very differ...

The Age of the Animals

13 Jan, 2016 | Nikolaus Cox

Animals around Bolivia suffer daily in the black market. Bolivian Express visited one place that rehabilitates these orphans of the jungle.Author’s Note: Upon entering Sende Verde, a wildlife refuge i...