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Andean farmers yearn for Bolivia's warmer climates

<p>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</p>

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...more

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

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<p>A Bolivian indigenous child walks 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</p>

A Bolivian indigenous child walks 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...more

A Bolivian indigenous child walks 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

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<p>A Bolivian indigenous woman and her child talk 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</p>

A Bolivian indigenous woman and her child talk 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...more

A Bolivian indigenous woman and her child talk 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

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<p>Bolivian government officials (L and C, yellow cap) register indigenous Bolivians to participate in a land redistribution program 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</p>

Bolivian government officials (L and C, yellow cap) register indigenous Bolivians to participate in a land redistribution program in Achacachi, some 90 km (56 miles) north of La Paz, in this picture taken August 29, 2008. Hundreds of Quechua and...more

Bolivian government officials (L and C, yellow cap) register indigenous Bolivians to participate in a land redistribution program 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

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<p>Bolivian farmer Julio Mamani (R) and his father stand inside their home during an interview with Reuters 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</p>

Bolivian farmer Julio Mamani (R) and his father stand inside their home during an interview with Reuters 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...more

Bolivian farmer Julio Mamani (R) and his father stand inside their home during an interview with Reuters 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

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<p>An indigenous Bolivian farmer tills the land 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 )</p>

An indigenous Bolivian farmer tills the land 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...more

An indigenous Bolivian farmer tills the land 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 )

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<p>An indigenous Bolivian couple queue up to register as participants in a land redistribution program 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</p>

An indigenous Bolivian couple queue up to register as participants in a land redistribution program 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...more

An indigenous Bolivian couple queue up to register as participants in a land redistribution program 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

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