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On the high plateaux of Bolivia, the country's second largest lake, Lake Poopó, has just disappeared, dried up and transformed into a salt desert. The consequences are already far-reaching for the surrounding populations and local biodiversity.
At an altitude of 3,700 metres, on the windswept, sun-drenched Altiplano, the Urus Muratos - the oldest ethnic group in the Andes - lived on its shores.
The lake was the center of the world for this water people. Thanks to the lake, the Urus fed on fish and birds that nested in the reeds. Their beliefs are linked to water, and they continue to venerate the lake's divinity in the offerings they make in August. In their language, "Poopó" means navel.
A slow, silent disappearance, out of sight. The cause of this ecological disaster lies not only in global warming, but also in the detour of tributaries for agricultural purposes and overmining.
The last of the Urus watch, powerless and resigned, as their world comes to an end. How can they continue to be the people of water when there is no more water?