It rained for weeks here in January this year, then for three days the rains intensified melting the surrounding snow caps and swelling the San Juan de Oro river in the province of Tupiza in southern Bolivia. The floods wiped out the crops and livelihoods of the remote communities of Quebrada Seca and Hichupampa. The devastation posed a dilemma for the people here.Should they leave and face an uncertain future or stay and fight to reclaim the land they have nurtured for generations. This is a story about loss, determination and the love of land and place.
Bolivia: Tupiza after the floods