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Patricio Crooker (Bolivia)

"Yatiri" or witchcrafter.Just 25 years ago it was a small group of houses around La Paz  airport, at an altitude of 12,000 feet. Now El Alto city  has  nearly one million people, surpassing even the capital of Bolivia, and it is the city of Latin America that grew faster ...It is also a paradigmatic city of the troubles  and traumas of the country. There got refugee thousands of miners that lost  their jobs in 90 ¥s after the privatization and closure of many mines. The peasants expelled by the lack of land or low prices for their production. Also many who did not want to live in regions where coca  growers and the Army  faced with violence...In short, anyone who did not have anything at all and was looking for a place to survive ended up in El Alto...Today is an amazing city. Not only for its size. Also by showing how its inhabitants,the poorest of the poor in one of the poorest countries in Latin America, managed to get into society, to get some economic development, to replace their firs  cardboard houses with  new ones made with bricks ,  to trace its streets,  to raise their clubs, churches and schools for their children...Better or worse, some have managed to become a sort of middle class, a section of the society that sociologists call  emerging sectors. Many, maybe  most of them, remain for statistics as  poor. But clearly  all of them have the feeling they got  for their children a better life than the one they had to face themselves .

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"Yatiri" or witchcrafter.Just 25 years ago it was a small group of houses around La Paz airport, at an altitude of 12,000 feet. Now El Alto city has nearly one million people, surpassing even the capital of Bolivia, and it is the city of Latin America that grew faster ...It is also a paradigmatic city of the troubles and traumas of the country. There got refugee thousands of miners that lost their jobs in 90 ¥s after the privatization and closure of many mines. The peasants...
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Headline: El Alto fastest growing city of the Americas
Author: Patricio Crooker/Archivolatino


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