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Looking for RuneScape’s Venezuelan Gold Farmers

As Venezuela plunges deeper into socio-economic turmoil, young people have turned to RuneScape as a lifeline. In this story, Louis Sanger delves deep into the world of RuneScape and Venezuela’s new trend of digital gold mining for cash.   The icon is an ‘R’ and an ‘S’ stylised to look as if they’ve been carved […]

Julio Zambrana and the veins leading out of Cerro Rico

Following on from Flora Hastings‘ focus piece on the miners of Potosí, originally written for UCLU Amnesty International journal, here you can read more about the mining families of Cerro Rico.   Intervention A cloaked Incan stands at the base of the carmine-coloured mountain, talking to a hatted Spaniard. The Virgin Mary’s disembodied hands frame the […]

Open and Closed Dialogues – The Miners of Cerro Rico, Evo Morales and the Plurinational Voices of Bolivia

Galeano coined Potosí “the city which has given most to the world and has the least”. Originally for the UCLU Amnesty International journal, Flora Hastings brings to BristoLatino photographs and stories of the current miners of Cerro Rico.   Clashing conceptions of progression within Bolivia Papa Francisco sweats with altitude sickness. He has little time to […]

Film focus: Chocó

Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza’s 2012 debut is a beautiful and fascinating insight into Colombia’s biggest Afro-Latino community. Sophie Wall  As with many Latin American countries, Colombia’s black population is unrepresented both in politics and in the mainstream media. This is despite the fact that Afro-Colombians constitute over 10% of the country’s people; in fact, Colombia is considered to have the […]

Bolivia’s new age of mining?

Joe Sharp discusses the risks, as well as the benefits the lithium reserves found under the Salar de Uyuni in Southern Bolivia could bring for the population of one of South America’s poorest nations. In the mid-1500’s, Spanish conquistadors discovered huge silver reserves in the Cerro Rico mountain just outside the city of Potosi in Bolivia. […]