February 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
December 24, 2010 § Leave a comment
There is an interesting article by National Geographic in which bolivian economist Carlos Zuleta (whom I photographed in October 2010) says Bolivia won’t be able to produce any Lithium carbonate within the next 14 months. The government though says first lithium exports will happen in a few weeks. We’ll see.
December 23, 2010 § Leave a comment
November 24, 2010 § Leave a comment
German TV Channel ZDF had a short video on lithium production in the Salar de Uyuni last week. It’s quiet a optimistic (even naive?) one, saying things like “Bolivia turns into the Saudi Arabia of Lithium” without mentioning all the problems and challenges that are connected with this huge project. In german only.
October 7, 2010 § 1 Comment
By chance I found out that the mine at the Cerro Rico where I spent some time, the Cumbre / Cumbre II, played an important role in the following documentary:
The Devil’s miner is an interesting and also sad documentary, focussing on the 14 year old Basilio Vargas who has been working in the Cumbre mine since he was 10, and wishes to become a teacher later. As the wages in the Cumbre mine were not very high, he moved on to a bigger mine, so I didn’t meet him. Would be interesting to know if he still works somewhere in the mines or if he could follow his dream and escape the hard work in the mines. Higly recommended.
September 14, 2010 § Leave a comment
Zeit online has a german article that gives a short overview on the lithium project in Bolivia. It´s a rather pessimistic article, but the more time I spend here the more I understand why.
September 6, 2010 § Leave a comment