Stories about Bolivia from June, 2009
Falling victim to scams in Bolivia is not uncommon. Attempts to swindle people out of money come in all shapes and sizes, and often come at times when people are most vulnerable, in a hurry or when they are alone, for example. Two bloggers from El Alto share their experiences of these types of tricks, each with different outcomes. They both wanted to share their stories, so that the same thing does not happen to anyone else.
Child labor is a sad reality in Latin America, and often many residents throughout the region become so used to seeing working children that they don't even realize it. Awareness campaigns and other steps are being taken to change all of this. In observance of the World Day Against Child Labor 2009, which will be held on June 12, members of the Global Voices Latin American team helped to find related blog posts and links about this issue in their own countries for part two in this two part series
Miguel Centellas of Pronto* writes about the controversy behind the operation of USAID in Bolivia. The post generated discussion and debate in the comments section.
The sudden death of Bolivian hip-hop artist Abraham Bojorquez was especially hard on residents of El Alto, the city from which he hailed. A victim of a traffic accident, Bojorquez left behind many fans around the world, but also left behind a legacy of lyrics that reflected on the struggles and the hopes of a young city that has been through so much. Many Bolivian bloggers shared their condolences.
In Peru, international relations with its neighbor, Bolivia, has not been the best as of late. Declarations by Bolivian President Evo Morales has called into question Peru's actions regarding its court case against Chile over maritime boundaries and the recent granting of asylum to ex-Bolivian cabinet members. Regardless whether or not these statements reflect the true sentiment of Bolivians, Peruvians bloggers believe that they are counter-productive.