Reportage: Coca Wars: Coca Wars

Professor Rafael, a mystic, uses coca leaves to read fortunes. The coca plant and its leaves play an important role in the traditional way of life for indigenous Bolivians. El Chapare, in Bolivia's central lowlands, is the country's principle coca producing region and the heart of the war on drugs.Eterazama, El Chapare, Bolivia.Photo © J.B. Russell
Coca Wars, April 1996

Professor Rafael, a mystic, uses coca leaves to read fortunes. The coca plant and its leaves play an important role in the traditional way of life for indigenous Bolivians. El Chapare, in Bolivia's central lowlands, is the country's principle coca producing region and the heart of the war on drugs. 

Eterazama, El Chapare, Bolivia. 

Photo © J.B. Russell