The Amazon fires are attracting media attention, donations and international pressure, but what about the situation in Bolivia?
The Amazon forest is spread across different countries, and crossed over Brazilian borders into neighboring countries like Bolivia and Paraguay. Since Thursday, the fires have doubled. More than 3,800 square miles of land have been almost destroyed.
However, international attention continues to focus on the Amazon. This is in part due to President Jair Bolsonaro’s arguments with world leaders over aid for the fire. Bolivian
President Evo Morales on the other hand, is currently trying to get reelected. He went to courts in an attempt to abolish term limits so that he can run for the fourth time.
During his term, farmers have been allowed to clear more land than before. This is done through controlled burns. The allowance for these burns was shifted significantly from 5 to 20 hectares last month.
The Morales government was labeled slow to move when the fires first started. His rival for the role of President, Carlos Mesa, said, “The government reacted late and poorly, it took them almost two weeks and they were without a strategic plan. Evo Morales has put his campaign first rather than governing Bolivia.”
Currently however, he is also currently open to international help. After Brazil rejected $22 million of G7 aid this weekend, Bolivia welcomed the offer. It also accepted a Boeing 747 “supertanker” from the US, which will drop water.
Some 2000 firefighters and the military are currently tackling the Bolivian fire on the orders of the government.
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