Social issues

Legalising Identity

26 Sep, 2016 | Gabrielle Mcguiness

A Watershed Law for Transgender BoliviansOver the past few years, the global understanding of gender within cultural and social spheres has advanced with the increasing presence of transgender issues...

Remembering, Reminiscing, Rejecting

26 Sep, 2016 | María Mayböck

Photo: María MayböckA Peek Into the Past Through Milky EyesThey are almost invisible, unless they are part of our families. But the elderly are still a force to be reckoned with. They are many, t...

Spirit of the Zebra

26 Sep, 2016 | Jacob Klein

Photo: Ellen WeaverAn Exhaustively Happy Philosophy ‘¡Actitud, Cebra! ¡Acción, Cebra! ¡Espíritu,Cebra!’, shouted a herd of students, dressed to the neck in zebra suits, holding long snouted hats in th...

Sal y Solar

28 Aug, 2016 | Madeleine Pollard

Photo: Madeleine PollardYoshi Homna’s Revolutionary Plan to Clear Uyuni’s Peripheral Wasteland‘Close your eyes if you see any rubbish; we are really trying to work on it,’ pleads our tour guide with a...

After the silver lining

28 Aug, 2016 | Ellen Weaver

Illustration: Oscar ZallesThe tension between sustainability and mining in BoliviaGutted to the point of near collapse, the once silver-lined entrails of Cerro Rico, emblematic of prosperity in the Ne...

Let Them Read

28 Aug, 2016 | Maria Mayböck

How Harry Potter is Saving the Book World Again‘The average Bolivian doesn’t read,’ says Sebastian Antezana, author of La Toma Manuscrito,  which won the “Premio Nacional de Novela” in 2008. Ther...

Preserving Bolivia’s Heritage

20 Jul, 2016 | Isabel Cocker

Photo: Iván Rodriguez PetkovicThe role of museums in conserving national identity‘Our heritage is in information, in making our own society conscious of the place that it occupies in history and in th...

Home to La Paz

20 Jul, 2016 | Laetitia Nappert-Rosales

Once young people left Bolivia to pursue their dream; now they are coming back to find it.Photos: Laetitia Nappert-Rosales‘Something that started growing in my mind was the idea of a Bolivian Dream.’...

Becoming a World Wonder

20 Jul, 2016 | María Fernandez

Photo: Alexandra Meleán AnzoleagaThe Campaign that Turned La Paz into a wonderful CityWhen Raúl Pérez first heard of the New Seven Wonders Cities contest, he figured nominating his city was quite a lo...

Coming of Age in Bolivia

22 Jun, 2016 | Karina Guzmán

The Local Road to AdulthoodIllustration: Richard Sanchez JaillitaGrowing up is never easy. Around the globe, we have witnessed the so-called Peter Pan generation increasingly put-off adulthood and ref...

A Drought in the Land of the Eagle People

15 May, 2016 | Ruben Mamani Paco

Photo: William WroblewskiUsually the rainy season on the Bolivian altiplano – the arid high plateau that stretches from northern Chile and Argentina, through western Bolivia and to southern Peru – com...

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...