What did you picture when you heard about life he turned down? Cochabamba may look glamorous from far away, or even up close to a little boy who longed for freedom from poverty, but it is not a safe protector or provider.
Here are some facts that might surprise you about Ruben’s home country, Bolivia:
- At 11,913 ft., La Paz, Bolivia is the world’s highest administrative capital city.
- The planet’s largest deposit of salt can be found in Bolivia. The Salar de Uyuni or salt flats or Uyuni salt beds hold more than 64 million tons of salt.
- Landlocked Bolivia maintains a standing navy, in preparation for the day it reconquers coastline lost to Chile in the 19th Century.
- The main exporter of Brazil nuts is not Brazil. It’s Bolivia.
- In Bolivia guinea pig is more than a childhood pet – it’s dinner. It is a local delicacy that’s unique to the highlands of Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador.
- The most dangerous road in the world is in Bolivia—“The Road of Death”. Only about 30% of all roads in Bolivia are paved (mostly in the city).
Bolivia contains 40% of ALL animal and plant life in the world, yet despite its diverse resources, it is still one of the poorest countries in Latin America.
- According to the latest census carried out at the end of 2012, Bolivia has a population of just over 10 million, with 45 percent living below the poverty line.
- Bolivia’s infant mortality rate is between 68% and 75%, it is also one of the highest infant mortality rate countries in South America, and almost 30% of infants under three suffer from chronic malnutrition.
- Bolivia has the highest income inequality in Latin America.
- About 24.5% of households with children under 5 do not have access to safe drinking water, making food preparation difficult.
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