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Bolivia: Thousands Protest Water Shortages as Some Flee to Peru in Search of Water

HeadlineDec 01, 2016

In Bolivia, thousands of people poured into the streets to protest water shortages amid Bolivia’s worst drought in more than a quarter-century. The protesters said the water shortages, fueled by climate change, are being worsened by government mismanagement and industrial mining projects. Protesters are demanding the resignation of the minister of environment and water. Scientists say the drought is fueled by the retreat of Bolivian glaciers as a result of global warming. Some Bolivians have already fled the country in search of water.

Lisbeth Vogensen: “I didn’t want to leave La Paz. I lived there for the last four years. My family and I were very happy there, but leaving was a decision we had to make for the well-being and health of our family. It was against our will, but we were lucky to come to Peru, where there is still water.”

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