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Elsa, 13 Llallagua, Bolivia

This photo is of the “Food Security” programme for native potatoes.

There was every kind of potato, for example: waych’a, Yuk’y, wayk’a,

Imilla, aghakiry and sañi. The native potatoes project was at the fair.

The potatoes can be exported nationally, internationally or worldwide.

This is very interesting to me, because Bolivia could move forwards.

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This photo is of indigenous Bolivian people from rural and urban areas, who

come to export the products the indigenous cultures have produced. They

are agriculturists, agronomists, and they also raise animals, for example cattle

and other livestock. It’s in Rafael Bustillos province, Llallagua District.

Elsa, 13 Llallagua, Bolivia

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The photo is of the American clothes that shopkeepers sell in almost

all the cities in Bolivia. The clothes are in every size and every colour,

every kind of cloth, made by hand and by sewing machine. The clothes

are big and small.

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I took a photo of my cousins who

I love very much. They like having

photos taken and having a

keepsake for the future.

They want to

have a good


Elsa, 13 Llallagua, Bolivia

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I took a photo as a

keepsake of my friends

who I know. This was

in the city of Llallagua. I took

the photo of my five younger friends.

Elsa, 13 Llallagua, Bolivia

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People together. They form a real unit

here in this photo and we’d like to be

as united as they are.

Herminio, 15, Llallagua, Bolivia

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This picture is an example of a

shoe shiner who has a shoe

shining box. Many boys shoe

shine because they do not have


Herminio, 15, Llallagua, Bolivia

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This photo shows how many women sell drinks in the streets and do other jobs because their husbands don’t earn much.

Herminio, 15, Llallagua, Bolivia

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There is a little old lady in this photo,

carrying a heavy load. Many of us carry

heavy loads when we help people – and

we want to help the little old people.

Herminio, 15, Llallagua, Bolivia

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A picture: This photo is a call

for people to study so we can

make progress so that Bolivia

catches up and we should not

be idle.

Herminio, 15, Llallagua, Bolivia

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This is where I work and here’s

my friend, who has come to talk

to me. I like that because I get

bored and no-one talks to me.

I want us to always be together

and not fight.

Herminio, 15, Llallagua, Bolivia

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This photo shows a man who is funny because

even though many of us sell things, his are not

the same, they are different – all made from sheep.

Herminio, 15, Llallagua, Bolivia

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This is where my

friend Ivan works.

This photo shows

that his boss is

good and joins in,

like others could.

Herminio, 15, Llallagua, Bolivia

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Ivan, 17, Llallagua, Bolivia

This is my mother knitting an ‘aguayo’ - a typical Bolivian tapestry. My siblings are behind her.

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This is a pot we call ‘koncha,’ it is fantastic because Ms. Juana cooks with it. She uses wood to cook, and she cooks delicious meals. I also use the fire to warm up my hands. That

is why this is a fantastic pot!

Ivan, 17, Llallagua, Bolivia

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This is the place where I work, selling. I work to be able to afford my studies and pursue my dreams, in this life that is more and more competitive, and sometimes I feel fear. The life I have is not easy because I don’t have a father but that doesn’t mean I will be left behind. I always say to the setbacks: “ha ha ha”, even if it is impossible.

Ivan, 17, Llallagua, Bolivia

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Ivan, 17, Llallagua, Bolivia

She is a sweet lady, and her hands are incredibly skilled because it is with her hands that she stiches the beautiful figures and angels onto the aguayos. With the talent she has, she is the queen of ‘aguayos.’

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This pair of sisters work

together. They work as well

as study. They sell bunuelos

(typical Bolivian pastry) in

the streets. That is the life

of a child and adolescent

worker: to work and learn.

Ivan, 17, Llallagua, Bolivia

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She is an exemplary and a

brave woman. With her love

and care she raised her five

children, all alone, without

anyone’s help, not even that

of her husband. I thank God

for being one of her children,

and every time I see her, I feel

proud to have a mother like

her:strong, brave, but also

fragile as a glass – that is my


Ivan, 17, Llallagua, Bolivia

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The Pharanguito is an adult,

from the rural area, whose job

is to carry things, but there are

many men and children who

have the same job he does in

Llallagua. ‘The Pharanguito’ does

not know how to read or write,

but he knows how to fight in life,

so that his children can have

better life than he does.

Ivan, 17, Llallagua, Bolivia

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Most of the people who come from

the countryside are poor. They

Arive thinking that the city will

somehow change their life for the

better, but they often end up in

misery, just sitting in the street

like this woman.

Ivan, 17, Llallagua, Bolivia

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Juan is eight years old and

comes from the rural area.

He works helping his father to

sell potatoes, so that at home

they can at least have their daily

meal and he can attend a school.

Ivan, 17, Llallagua, Bolivia

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This street is sometimes nicknamed the ‘street of the poor’ – it is where various people of very few resources come to buy second hand clothes.

Ivan, 17, Llallagua, Bolivia

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Here is an example of those who walk the streets heading nowhere, only waiting for death, so they can leave this world. Only alcohol takes their thirst and hunger away, and they sleep on the streets. The cause is alcohol drinking, one should not get involved with something so dangerous.

Ivan, 17, Llallagua, Bolivia

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Che is an important man because he fought in wars. But he is also very powerful like other guerrillas.

Jose Alberto, 10, Llallagua, Bolivia

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Jose Alberto, 10,

Llallagua, Bolivia

The Potato Fair is held every year and every type of spud and food is on show: jerked beef, oca (Andean root vegetables). The bargains are scribbled in Quechua: You can find every type of spud there.

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Jose Alberto, 10, Llallagua, Bolivia

This tower is on the Plaza de Armas square opposite the town hall. It is very high, but it is old and was built in the time of Simón I Patiño.

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This shoeshine boy works very hard. He has been working for a long time and he earns money with his box and polish in the streets and squares to help his mum.

Jose Alberto, 10,

Llallagua, Bolivia

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The blind can be found in the ‘blind street’. Nowadays, all the blind are faith healers, they read the coca leaves, I don’t know how but they read the coca leaves. They are both young and old.

Jose Alberto, 10,

Llallagua, Bolivia

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I chose this photo because it is the main street that I walk along. When I go to school or anywhere, I always walk along this street. Well, that's all I can say. And that’s the shop where I buy sugar, rice and noodles.

Lilian Lizbeth, 13, Llallagua, Bolivia

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I took this photo because these are my cousins. I look after four of them, but two weren't there when I took the photo. I think of them more as my brothers and sisters because I spend most of my time with them. I cook for them, because my aunt is always working and I sometimes help her to wash their clothes and nappies. I look after a

girl of 7, a boy of 3, another of 2 and a 6-month-old baby.

Lilian Lizbeth, 13, Llallagua, Bolivia

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I took this photo of a miner who was going to work because he needs a plate of food. It was the photo that I liked the best of all the photos I took at the mine. The miners risk their lives when they go down the mine. This photo is in Llallagua.

Paola Soria, 16, Llallagua, Bolivia

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I took a photo of this boy because they play with carts like this in Llallagua, and most of us are poor in Llallagua.

Leoncio, 14, Llallagua, Bolivia

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There’s an old woman sitting on the floor underneath where it says “Goni go home”. ‘Goni’ was the man who was President of Bolivia, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada – ‘the Murderer’. My brother was killed on a political march and perhaps she has lost someone too. (‘Goni’ is a nickname for the former president of Bolivia, Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada)

Leoncio, 14, Llallagua, Bolivia

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It is a box that is used to shine shoes. My friend, who is called Rafael, shines shoes. He wants to earn lots of money. But he is a good kid, and so are all the kids in the park, because we work hard to bring home money for food and to buy our things. I am a shoe-shine boy just like Rafael. I work on Saturday and Sunday and earn 10 bolivianos (Bs) a day, or 5 Bs. When I earn 5Bs I get sad because I haven’t earned much money. This is what life is like for shoe-shine boys.

Leoncio, 14, Llallagua, Bolivia

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This is something I use, a stand so I can clean shoes. The box has everything I need for shining shoes: a brush, rags, creams and polishes. The difference is if the client is sitting down comfortably and reading a newspaper, it is much easier for us to get a good shine on the shoes.

Leoncio, 14, Llallagua, Bolivia

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I took this photo because there

are these pigs in Llallagua.

Leoncio, 14, Llallagua, Bolivia

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I took this photo because they sell typical wool and clothes because Llallagua is poor. My mother dresses the same way.

Leoncio, 14, Llallagua, Bolivia

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When I took this picutre it was almost 6 o’clock in the evening. The girl was very cold, her face was sad, and she was selling socks. When I asked her where her parents were, she said that her father had died and her mother worked in the mines.

Rocio, 14, Llallagua, Bolivia

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When I saw this boy it made me very sad because he reminded me of my cousin, who works to make some money to be able to feed my younger cousins. This boy lives with his grandmother. Although his smile is big and happy, his eyes show the sadness and suffering he faces on a daily basis, as he suffers discrimination just as we do.

Rocio, 14, Llallagua, Bolivia

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I work in my father’s shop.

Here I am weighting sugar to sell.

Rocio, 14, Llallagua, Bolivia

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Other girls and boys work also. This girl is selling “mojcochinchi”, a very

nice drink made from peaches.

Rocio, 14, Llallagua, Bolivia

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When I saw this girl I was very sad, because all she asked for from her mother was a bit of love, and it was denied to her.

Rocio, 14, Llallagua, Bolivia

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This girl is sad because she is an orphan, she lives in the orphanage, and the people in charge there do not care where the orphans go or what they do.

Rocio, 14, Llallagua, Bolivia

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This boy is one of the 1,000 taxi drivers who work along the Uncía-Llallagua route. He has to work every day, in the cold or in the heat, to help his family.

Rocio, 14, Llallagua, Bolivia

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This girl is one of the 1,000 children who, due to the irresponsibility of their parents who are either working or have alcohol related problems, wander around unprotected because nobody has time for them.

Rocio, 14, Llallagua, Bolivia

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When I took this picture it was the 10th of June, during the Potato Festival, where you can buy and sell potatoes, oca, parsley, onion, pork, sheep, etc. In this picture you can see the entrance of the Indigenous Market, all of these people are going to buy their daily lunch dish.

Rocio, 14, Llallagua, Bolivia

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This girl works selling jelly, and she was sad because noone was buying her jelly. When she sat down we asked her if we could take her picture, and she said yes, so we took this picture.

Rocio, 14, Llallagua, Bolivia

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My Cousins

Paola B, 11, Llallagua, Bolivia

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I took this photo of a native [indigenous] boy because he looks so much like a native boy. This boy had come from the countryside and this photo was taken in Llallagua. This photo is really beautiful.

Paola B, 11, Llallagua, Bolivia

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While I am in school, my youngest brother plays with his car.

Paola B, 11, Llallagua, Bolivia

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This is the street where my grandparents live. I took this picture because the street is very empty at night and as of 20:00 there are incidents of rape, assault, murder or sometimes they just take drunken people’s clothes. As of 21:00, there are kids from gangs in this street looking to cause trouble. This is why I took the picture.

Paola B, 11, Llallagua, Bolivia

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My dad studying

Paola B, 11, Llallagua, Bolivia

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This miner represents all the miners who fought in the San Juan massacre (1st May 1923). On Midsummer’s Eve, policemen surrounded us and began to kill us. They even went into houses to kill people. Some families lost many during the San Juan massacre.

Paola B, 11, Llallagua, Bolivia

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One day I went to take a photo of Llallagua. The photo that I had in mind was this, a part of Llallagua and the people who live there - a very beautiful and pleasant city.

Paola B, 11, Llallagua, Bolivia

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Sometimes, my brother is in the shop with my grandmother.

Paola B, 11, Llallagua, Bolivia

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I took this picture of the indigenous man because I liked his stand. This man comes to sell his cattle y his seeds for sowing, which he harvests in the country. I liked the way he had stopped and what he was wearing. This picture was in the Campesino Market.

Paola B, 11, Llallagua, Bolivia

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This picture is of a boy shining shoes, and this is what all boys in Llallagua do, they are assigned different locations in Llallagua such as Siglo XX Llallagua (the highest populated mining centre), which is in Llallagua.

Paola B, 11, Llallagua, Bolivia

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This is the indigenous woman who during the potato festival was cooking or making ‘papa marcu’. She was the prettiest because she was the best dressed, and her cooking utensils were very pretty, such as: the Koncha, the wool, the pots, and the potato. This picture was during the potato festival.

Paola B, 11, Llallagua, Bolivia

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Girls playing in the street.

Paola B, 11, Llallagua, Bolivia

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These pictures make me happy and sad at the same time because these children are so young, between 5 and 12 years old, and they are likely to fall behind in their studies. I think they are heroes because they carry the load of Santa Cruz.

Adolfo, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Adolfo, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

The Beautiful and the Ugly of the City: This picture makes me happy and sad at the same time, because it shows how beautiful the city is but it also shows how children sleep in the street, such as in this war tank. We can see Avenue Busch, one of the most beautiful places in Santa Cruz.

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These pictures make me happy and sad at the same time because these children are so young, between 5 and 12 years old, and they are likely to fall behind in their studies. I think they are heroes because they carry the load of Santa Cruz.

Adolfo, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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These pictures make me happy and sad at the same time because these children are so young, between 5 and 12 years old, and they are likely to fall behind in their studies. I think they are heroes because they carry the load of Santa Cruz.

Adolfo, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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There are mothers who sell vegetables in Los Pozos, and their daughters help out, they also sell potatoes and it is hard on their hands.

Ariel, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Girl selling Fried Potatoes in Los Pozos, bus workers stop. Almost half of children and youth do not study because they cannot afford it and they make a living selling in the streets.

Ariel, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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We window washers are people who make a living to sustain our families and follow our studies with honour and dignity, however there are some who rob while only pretending to be window washers.

Ariel, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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I liked this picture because there are people who sell and do not rob. There are people from the country who come to the city to sell their products, like fruits and vegetables. The city is a very beautiful place but there are vehicles that contaminate the air, which is sad.

Ariel, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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It’s not all about working and everyone deserves a rest. Working is hard and you use up a lot of energy. You make sure you look happy when you work to show people that you are proud of your job, but you also need to rest. Some kids are embarrassed by their jobs because they think they are not as good as other people. But working is a way to survive.

Cristian, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Here we have an boy who, like many, is intent on working and making some money for his family. There are also some who work just to sustain themselves.

Cristian, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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He is working with a heavy load for his family and so that his children can go somewhere in life and not end up like him, he wants his children to have a good job.

Cristian, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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This friend of mine is selling “juanitos” to the passengers of the bus. Him and many other young people work at the same stoplight as I do.

Doly, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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A friend washing the windows of the buses….They will give him 50 cents for his work.

Doly, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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She is the only one in charge of her stall in the Los Pozos market…She has to be there very early to prepare everything for the day.

Doly, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Doly, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

The Plan 3000 Zone is a place outside the city…There are many vendors working in the streets for long hours under the sun…The worker selling this sugar cane did not

want to be in the picture.

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Doly, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Girls selling in the streets of Santa Cruz.

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I took this picture because it shows that not only men are able to work, women work just as much as men and men should value the work that women do.

Elizabeth, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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I chose this picture because the place is kept in good condition and well maintained, and it is in a pretty location where there are plants

Elizabeth, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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I chose this photo because it shows the modern city. We’ve seen markets outside the city and they are not as nice as in this part.

Elizabeth, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Here as you can see, there are two boys who are window washing and who are playing, they do this to get paid and this is how they make a living.

Eltan, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Here as you can see, there is a large chair where people can sit to get their shoes shined by shoe shine boys.

Eltan, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Here as you can see is the canal. It is full of mud and plants and from here the mosquitoes come out and infect people with dengue.

Eltan, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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This lady is my aunt and these are my cousins. My aunt is washing clothes.

Eltan, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Here are my cousins preparing lunch

Eltan, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Here we can see a shoe shine boy known for shining tennis shoes. I chose this picture to show the way he works, the conditions

that he works under, including

the places he works.

Hector, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Here you can see the whole army that makes up my family and lives in my house. This pictures shows my relatives in general: my aunts and uncles, my cousins, nieces and nephews and siblings, including my mother. We are the biggest and most beautiful family of all, even though we are united (one to another).

Hector, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Hector, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Entrance of my House: As you can see, this is the entrance of my house, although it is modest, it is my own that no one can give it to me or take it away from me.

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The Palace of Justice: This picture shows the nice things that the city of Santa Cruz has, and it shows the biggest building in Santa Cruz. I feel very happy looking at this because I can see the high society and the amount of development and progress that my city has had.

Hector, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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In this picture you can see my house looking outside from the inside. It looks really nice from inside, and that it why I chose this picture.

Hector, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Well, I chose this picture because the building caught my attention, as you cannot find this type of building in every part of the city.

Hector, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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The work that he does is through necessity. He is blind, and has one son who is 10 years old. He helps people…This man works for his child, he sings evangelical music to maintain his child and his wife, and he is a good man.

Jorge, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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He is a young worker who maintains himself on his own. He is a good friend. He likes working at the docks. He makes good money, and this allows him to continue his studies. He likes what he does.

Jorge, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Monument of the Palace of Justice: You can tell she fought for something because she has a flag. She was committed to something she loved, something she fought for, and this is why she has been put here in front of this big beautiful building.

Jorge, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Jorge, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Here I remember when my brother was a baby and we were next to my parents, but now I have them in a frame from their wedding…I saw their whole wedding and it reminds me of many things that I cannot explain.

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This boy from the Mutalistas was told by his mother that he had to go sell and make money in order to get his lunch and dinner

Maria, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Vendor in Los Pozos market, he does well at his mother and father’s stall selling spicy potatoes. Why does she make him sell when she could sell herself?

Maria, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Maria, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

My beautiful street with my beautiful house. My street is lovely and I love it

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My lovely dog is lazy but I love him with all my

heart. I have three dogs in my beautiful house.

Maria, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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One of the many small boys selling their products walking around the Los Pozos market.

Max, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Max, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

The boy was playing on the sand because he liked playing on his bicycle.

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Street children who were playing ball. These children don't have parents

Max, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Max, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

This is a centre where you can buy

booklets and other school supplies,

and also see children working.

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There are adolescent boys working in Santa Cruz, such as in the Abastos Market, or in other places such as Ramada.

Moises, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Moises, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Firstly, my parents are not at home, they only come home at night.

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Moises, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

My Room

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People with problems - there are a lot of them about. There are children on drugs, glue or marijuana. Here in Santa Cruz and elsewhere.

Moises, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Wheelbarrow girl: In the market there are not only NAT wheelbarrow boys…as this photo shows, there are also wheelbarrow girls who along with the NATs really carry their weight and really give their all for Bolivia.

Rudy, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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This photo made an impression on me because it expresses the reality of many children, especially those from the areas outside the city such as Normandía, and this is what the Authorities do not see.

Rudy, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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This photo shows a typical street in a poor neighbourhood, and how the poorest and more remote neighbourhoods are the ones that are forgotten and run down. You can see the rubbish lying all along the street.

Rudy, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Corner in Plan 3000 Neighbourhood: This is a picture of a typical street and it shows how are streets are.

Rudy, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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This picture shows the two classes of Santa Cruz, one where carriages still exist, and another with the appearance of cars…This contrast can be seen more in poorer areas that are further from the city centre.

Rudy, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Jose Luis, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

I chose this picture because it shows that all children are brave, even though some of us work and some do not.

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David, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

This wheel-barrow boy from the Abasto Market works all day and this man works to maintain his family.

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No Name, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

I chose this picture because I wanted to show that not everyone sells in the marketplace, but also by walking the streets selling their products.

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Here’s a beautiful view of our wonderful city. This gives us the air to breath. It is ours and we have to look after it. If we cut it down, we will soon destroy nature. That’s why I am asking you to look after what belongs to us.

Carlos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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Sonia & Susana, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

In the olden days the transportation was done by horses and oxen, but with time and technological advances, transport methods have changed, which contaminates the environment and the air and destroys the ozone layer

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The garbage bags should be put in a place where they do not disturb and do not contaminate the environment, and should set an example as to how we should dispose of our garbage.

David, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

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