A WATER CRISIS IN BOLIVIA
Three indigenous communities in the Bolivian highlands fight to protect their water supplies from diversion and contamination amid a national water crisis. The government has consistently supported the expansion of mining and granted miners unrestricted water access. UMA, the Aymara word for water, takes us on a journey from the tropical Andean glaciers and the highest navigable lake in the world to the mines of Oruro, and the vanished Lake Poopó. It is a women's story of displacement, resistance, and struggle for environmental justice.
Facing displacement, three Andean indigenous communities fight to protect their water resources and their ancestral lands from uncontrolled mining amid a water crisis.
Climate change has affected the region causing severe droughts. Lake Poopo, the second largest lake in the country, has dried up and the high-mountain glaciers are threatened by mining operations.
Our aim is to raise awareness about the struggles of indigenous communities who suffer serious effects on their rights due to the imposition of mining projects.