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In Bolivia more rural people live below the poverty line than in any other country in the world. Five hundred years after the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores, the country's rich natural resources are still controlled and exploited by a privileged minority, while the indigenous majority struggle to subsist on the poorest soils, or migrate to swell the teeming cities. Strangers in their own land for centuries, the indigenous people of Bolivia are now claiming the right to be heard and to be included in the national political process.
  Bolivia Marcela opez  evy o  xf m  First published by Oxfam GB in 2001 Available from Bournemouth English Book Centre, PO Box 1496,Parkstone, Dorset, BH12 3YD, UK tel:  +44 0)1202 712933; fax: +44 0)1202 712930;email: and from the following agents: USA: Stylus Publishing LLC, PO Box 605, Herndon, VA 20172-0605 USA tel:  +1 0)703 6611581; fax: +1 0)703 661 1547;email: Southern Africa: David Philip Publishers, PO Box 23408, Claremont 7735,South Africa tel:  +27 0)21 674 4136; fax: +27 0)21 674 3358;email: For details  of  local agents  and  representatives  in other countries,consult our website:  contact  Oxfam Publishing,  274  Banbuiy  Road Oxford OX2  jDZ, UKtel.  44  0)1865  3 311;  fax  44  0)1865312 600; email © Oxfam GB 2001ISBN o 85598 455 4A catalogue record for this publication is available from theBritish Library.All rights reserved. Reproduction, copy, transmission, ortranslation of any part of this publication may be made onlyunder the following conditions:ã With the prior written permission of the publisher; orã With a licence from the Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd.,90 Tottenham Court Road, London WiP 9HE, UK, orfrom another national licensing agency; orã For quotation in a review of the work; orã Under the terms set out below.This publication is copyright, but may be reproduced by anymethod without fee for teaching purposes, but not for resale.Formal permission is required for all such uses, but normallywill be granted immediately. For copying in any othercircumstances, or for re-use in other publications, or fortranslation or adaptation, prior written permission must beobtained from the publisher, and a fee may be payable. Printed by Information Press, Eynsham Series designed by Richard Morris, Stonesfield DesignTypeset in Scala and Gill Sans.Oxfam GB is a registered charity, no. 202 918, and is amember of Oxfam International. ii BOLIVIA This book converted to digital file in 2010  Contents The top of the world IThe desired nation 8The curse of wealth 15On the road to revolution 21People and power 28Who owns the land? 33Human capital 4 An economy in crisis 45Life or debt 52The state of politics 57Leaf of contention 64A nation on the move 69Exploiting the environment 74The spice of life 79Conclusion 84Dates and events 86Facts and figures 88Sources and further reading 89Oxfam in Bolivia 9 Index 91Acknowledgements 92 BOLIVIA iii
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