Paul leaves his house on the way to the adit. In the foreground stands a mining-cart on wooden rails that lead out of the mine.

Paul leaves his house on the way to the adit. In the foreground stands a mining-cart on wooden rails that lead out of the mine.

Israel Limachi plays next to his house on the mountain „Cerro Rico“. Behind him lies the city Potosi and the old conveyor plant at the bottom of the mountain.

Israel Limachi plays next to his house on the mountain „Cerro Rico“. Behind him lies the city Potosi and the old conveyor plant at the bottom of the mountain.

Maxima often seems tires from the daily efforts to provide the most basic needs for her family.

Maxima often seems tires from the daily efforts to provide the most basic needs for her family.

Every day at twelve o’clock, Israel and his siblings go through a little transformation to show their best side in school. They put on the school uniform, comb their hair and clean their shoes. They are afraid of beeing discriminated in school due to thei

Every day at twelve o’clock, Israel and his siblings go through a little transformation to show their best side in school. They put on the school uniform, comb their hair and clean their shoes. They are afraid of beeing discriminated in school due to their appearance and the smell of minerals in their clothing.

Paul plays with his dog „Pirulin“ in the dressing-room next to the mine.

Paul plays with his dog „Pirulin“ in the dressing-room next to the mine.

Due to his burns Paul can only sit at the side of the soccer field and watch his mother play. Maxima trains with her team for the upcoming tournament agains other women from the mountain.

Due to his burns Paul can only sit at the side of the soccer field and watch his mother play. Maxima trains with her team for the upcoming tournament agains other women from the mountain.

An old teddy-bear lies in the muddy river bed.

An old teddy-bear lies in the muddy river bed.

...He suffered from extensive second-degree burns, but his mother never sent him to a doctor or hospital. Onl y when the local NGO “cepromin” took notice of the case, he received medical treatment.

...He suffered from extensive second-degree burns, but his mother never sent him to a doctor or hospital. Onl y when the local NGO “cepromin” took notice of the case, he received medical treatment.

On their way to the doctor, Maxima and Paul walk through the historical center of Potosí. When Paul slept at a neighbor‘s house, the twelve year old son of the family poured alcohol over his leg and foot and set him on fire...

On their way to the doctor, Maxima and Paul walk through the historical center of Potosí. When Paul slept at a neighbor‘s house, the twelve year old son of the family poured alcohol over his leg and foot and set him on fire...

Maxima sits in front of her house with a group of young miners, that chew coca-leaves before entering the mine. The juice is supposed to give them energy for the hard work in the mine.

Maxima sits in front of her house with a group of young miners, that chew coca-leaves before entering the mine. The juice is supposed to give them energy for the hard work in the mine.

Highly concentrated, Isreael pucks gray hairs from his mother‘s head.

Highly concentrated, Isreael pucks gray hairs from his mother‘s head.

Next to the hot-springs of “Miraflores” one hour outside of Potosí Yoddy, Paul and Israel can be children at last. For hours they run through the green grass growing around the rivers and waterfalls in search of frogs. Especially observing Yoddy one can r

Next to the hot-springs of “Miraflores” one hour outside of Potosí Yoddy, Paul and Israel can be children at last. For hours they run through the green grass growing around the rivers and waterfalls in search of frogs. Especially observing Yoddy one can realize that she is not only a young woman with many responsibilities, but also just a girl.

Maxima, the brother of her deceased husband and her tree children are on the way to the hot springs of „Miraflores“ about one hour outside of Potosí.

Maxima, the brother of her deceased husband and her tree children are on the way to the hot springs of „Miraflores“ about one hour outside of Potosí.

Yoddy works in the kitchen to prepare lunch that she later sells to the miners that work close to her house. She also sells the soda and liquor on the shell behind her.

Yoddy works in the kitchen to prepare lunch that she later sells to the miners that work close to her house. She also sells the soda and liquor on the shell behind her.

Every friday the miners drink cheap 96% alcohol or beer before and during their shift. Israel discovered a rusty part of an old machine right next to the miners and uses it to play.

Every friday the miners drink cheap 96% alcohol or beer before and during their shift. Israel discovered a rusty part of an old machine right next to the miners and uses it to play.

Yoddy and Maxima are pushing the cart with rocks out of the mine.

Yoddy and Maxima are pushing the cart with rocks out of the mine.

For guarding the mines seven days a week all day long the cooperative pays around 40€ to Maxima and her family. To earn a little more they have to work in the mines themselves from time to time. The seven years old Israel helps to free the cart‘s railway

For guarding the mines seven days a week all day long the cooperative pays around 40€ to Maxima and her family. To earn a little more they have to work in the mines themselves from time to time. The seven years old Israel helps to free the cart‘s railway from debris.

Surrounded by mining-carts and the exhaust of compressors, Israel walks along a road on “Cerro Rico”.

Surrounded by mining-carts and the exhaust of compressors, Israel walks along a road on “Cerro Rico”.

Instead of going to school, Yoddy and Paul wait for hours to receive free clothing which the cooperative is handing out.

Instead of going to school, Yoddy and Paul wait for hours to receive free clothing which the cooperative is handing out.

In the early morning, Yoddy and her brothers lie in bed. Under the mattress the family stores drills that the miners use in the mine next to the house. In case something gets stolen they would have to replace the expensive tools.

In the early morning, Yoddy and her brothers lie in bed. Under the mattress the family stores drills that the miners use in the mine next to the house. In case something gets stolen they would have to replace the expensive tools.


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