Andean farmers yearn for Bolivia's warmer climates


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An indigenous Bolivian woman and her son cross farmland in Achacachi, some 90 km (56 miles) north of La Paz, in this picture taken August 29, 2008. Hundreds of Quechua and Aymara families living in extreme poverty in the Bolivian Andes are asking the leftist government of President Evo Morales for a piece of land in the lush eastern lowlands. One of Morales' most daring reforms of all is to redistribute state land and large private ranches to the poorer Indians that form his powerbase, a measure that has set off a violent reaction in the agricultural and opposition heartland. Picture taken August 29. REUTERS/David Mercado