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COCA IS NOT COCAINE #1. Coca chewers.


Héctor Mediavilla

Bolivia is the third world producer of coca ( Erythroxylum coca), an original plant from the Amazonic Andes. This plant, which has been considered sacred by the aboriginal people long time before the Spaniards arrived in America, has stimulant, anaesthetic and healing properties. It also disminish hunger, thirst and fatigue. Among different chemical elements that can be found in a coca leaf, alkaloids are the most controversial, since they serve as a raw material to produce drugs like cocaine. The government of Evo Morales is launching an campaign to change the international view of this plant. Bolivia is trying to remove the coca from a category that considers this plant a drug like cocaine or heroin since the international convention, approved by the UNO, that took place in 1961.


 

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Rosalba Vargas, 29, chews coca leafs during a women meeting in the Villa Fátima coca market. She's a coca grower from the Irupana central in the Yungas region.

La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia - 03/12/2007

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A worker chews coca leafs. He earns 10 US dollars per day for filling, carrying and dropping 50 pounds coca leafs bags that are going to be incinerated near Cochabamba for being excedentary (not for traditional consumption but for drug production).

Cochabamba, Cochabamba, Bolivia - 04/12/2007

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A coca grower chews coca leafs during a lesson of the Yo Si Puedo alphabetization program at the communal house.

Comunidad 4 de septiembre, Chapare, Bolivia - 15/09/2007

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Gregoriano Paco, 24, is a coca grower from the Vigargazama central of El Chapare region. He is now in a demonstration in order to support a benefit for the elderly that is being voted at the Parlament.

La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia - 28/11/2007

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Provinciano Paredo, 33, is a coca grower from the Vigargazama central of El Chapare region. He is now in a demonstration in order to support a benefit for the elderly that is being voted at the Parlament.

La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia - 28/11/2007

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Nicolás Cauna Toke, 63, chews coca leafs in the Villa Fátima coca market. He's a coca grower from the Coripata central in the Noryungas region.

La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia - 03/12/2007

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A half blind peasant chews coca leafs.

Villatunari, Chapare - 15/09/2006

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Eusebio Chirque, 37, is a coca grower from the Isoboro central of El Chapare region. He is now in a demonstration in order to support a benefit for the elderly that is being voted at the Parlament.

La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia - 28/11/2007

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Simiano Condore Kauna, 49, chews coca leafs in the Villa Fatima coca market. He's a coca grower from the Taipiplaga central in the Yungas region.

La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia - 03/12/2007

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