EL ALTO, BOLIVIA, 2nd November 2014. A girl writes the name of a victim of femicide on a pink cross while preparing a typical altar or mesa for the Todos Santos festival. These altars are built to welcome the souls of loved ones who it is believed return to Earth on November 1st to visit their families. Increasingly the festival is also being used to highlight victims of crimes and violence. According to a WHO report in January 2013 Bolivia is the country with the highest rate of violence against women in Latin America. Credit: James Brunker / Alamy Live News

EL ALTO, BOLIVIA, 2nd November 2014. A girl writes the name of a victim of femicide on a pink cross while preparing a typical altar or mesa for the Todos Santos festival. These altars are built to welcome the souls of loved ones who it is believed return to Earth on November 1st to visit their families. Increasingly the festival is also being used to highlight victims of crimes and violence. According to a WHO report in January 2013 Bolivia is the country with the highest rate of violence against women in Latin America. Credit:  James Brunker / Alamy Live News Stock Photo
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2 November 2014

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El Alto, Bolivia

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In Bolivia during the Todos Santos festival altars are built to welcome the souls of loved ones who it is believed return to Earth on November 1st to visit their families. These special bread loaves (called tantahuahuas) represent the souls of the dead and are an important part of the offerings used to decorate the altar. On November 2nd people visit cemeteries to say goodbye to the souls for another year. Increasingly the festival is also being used to highlight victims of crimes, violence against women is currently a high profile issue in Bolivia

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