Coca fields in the Bolivian Jungle


In 2004, I set out to a new exciting part of the world – South America – to examine the role other raw materials – namely drugs – play in armed conflicts. After learning Spanish in beautiful Buenos Aires, I traveled for many months through the Andes and the Amazon jungle in Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, and mainly Colombia. For ten days, I hung out with a drug gang in one of the most violent favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Then I spent a memorable night with convicted cocaine kingpins in the notorious San Pedro prison in La Paz, accompanied Peruvian traffickers on the Amazon river, and finally interviewed the top paramilitary commanders in the Colombian mountains. Pure fun indeed!