Why do Bolivia’s children fight to legalise child labour?
The kids who clean shoes and sell cigarettes on the streets of Bolivia are not your typical political lobbyists. But after setting up their own trade union and publicly lobbying politicians, Bolivia’s child workers have forced the government to change the law and allow kids as young as 10 to work legally.
From Oscar-winning docs Hoop Dreams and Man On Wire to life-and-death dramas like Touching The Void and fan favourites such as King Of Kong, Spellbound and Dogtown And Z-Boys, the past decade has yielded some great documentaries. But what happened after the credits rolled? And what did the fates have in store for these memorable characters once the cameras packed up and left? Leaving no stone unturned to track them down and burning the midnight phonebill to speak to them, I chased the stars of these six outstanding docs for Empire magazine.
I spent six months at Focus Online, Germany’s second-largest news website, both sub-editing agency material and writing own articles. Apart from general news, I covered topics ranging from science to history and crime.
I regularly take part in hackathons as well as digital and data journalism events. Obviously, I’m not a web developer, but I know my bit of coding and hacking. Here’s just a few examples of previous projects: