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By Courtney Mathos, missionary to Bolivia & Tracy Paver, missionary to Chile During the third week of August, Bolivians celebrate the Festival of the Virgin of Urkupiña. Like most Bolivian holidays, it is rooted in tradition and is celebrated with parades, a Catholic mass, and a pilgrimage to a hillside in Quillacollo. Behind the festival...
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In the subtropical Yungas valleys, about 60 miles northeast of La Paz, Bolivia’s capital, you will find a small kingdom of Afro-Bolivians. This little kingdom has a population of about 2,000 people and is mostly made up of farmers that grow coca, citrus, and coffee. The city of Mururata is the center of this kingdom,...
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The former interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Añez, was recently arrested by the new socialist government that was voted in this past October. The Movement for Socialism (MAS) arrested Añez for throwing a coup against former president Evo Morales. Añez was apprehended along with several other government administrators. Bolivians have once again taken the matter...
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Hurricane Eta hit Guatemala after weakening into a tropical depression. President Giammattei said rescue efforts to find the storm’s survivors were limited by lack of adequate equipment and subsequent mudslides. There have been at least 10 deaths confirmed, with houses buried by mud and hundreds of people still waiting to be rescued from their flooded...
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