Coca plant growth in Bolivia was never a concern, as it grew wild in abundance, and many enjoyed the
harmless narcotic effects the plant offers when ingested. Not until the United States got involved did coca farming
families have to deal with inhumane abuse. The families rely on the plants’ yields to make ends meet. The U.S. funded
Bolivian soldiers to burn all growing operations and confiscate coca plant yields. Interactions between farmers and
soldiers became violent and ended in the deaths of several defenseless, innocent people.

Onlookers watch Bolivian soldiers confiscate coca plants

By: Jazmynn Hill