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Bolivia in Photographs, on its 184th Anniversary


' An ignorant town is the blind instrument of its own destruction' stated Simon Bolivar, from whom Bolivia is honored to inherit the name; he is the Liberator of five nations and said these words in his speech of February 15th, 1819 in Angostura. He also said to us: 'Only one more favor will I ask from this Republic, that it maintains its unity throughout the centuries'. Both sentences touched my heart today, as they are like a premonition of what racism in my country is trying obtain: division and hatred based in ignorance.

Today, the Republic he founded is no longer alive. We have become a plurinational state. Dense clouds of civil war will appear in the skies if, God forbid, autonomy not based on territory, but in race instead, takes over what is left from my beautiful and once peaceful country. Today, celebrations were very few, as the government thinks that Bolivar, being a foreigner and a liberator, had incidence in the Republic, but not in the plurinational state anymore. Today, words of confrontation have been spoken. How soon will the first Bolivians die to please the apetite of blood and power of a few racists?

With all my love, I pray for you today, my dear land, so that you will remain peaceful and avoid war.



Maria Cuellar's picture

Beautiful photos!

Thank you so much for posting these pictures. It makes me miss South America. It is true that there remains much unfairness and racism to be eliminated before there is peace in former colonies. I hope things really improve this next century. Keep hopes up!

jap21's picture

Thank you Maria

I wish I could put more. I will keep posting pictures. They are a good way of showing off the beauty of my people and my land.

Thanks for the comment.



Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America

Darcey's picture

when I think of Bolivia

When I think of Bolivia, I think of colour, and your photos show that so well!!! Beautiful, Jackie, thank you for sharing. I am just amazed at the beauty that so many cultures have to offer, thanks for reminding us of that beauty and the loveliness in our differences.
For my own country's colourfulness, I will have to send a photo of the leaves changing this autumn....I think the natural beauty in Canada has much more colour to offer than our present dress, save the native cultures of course.
Have a lovely day,

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