By Christopher Gavin Daily News Staff
FRAMINGHAM – Paola Sanchez was 14 years old the last time she saw her mother and her two sisters.
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That was 2004 in Bolivia – the year after violent protests over a proposed income tax and the decision to export natural gas to the United States and Mexico rocked her home country.
Over 100 died in street fights with soldiers and police by the end of 2003. More protests over energy exports continued the next spring.
The economy was bleak. Life was dangerous.
Sanchez’s mother Betty Gamez, who’s paralyzed below the waist, was in a wheelchair and her father, Jairo, had died when Sanchez was 8 years old.
The oldest of her siblings, she faced an opportunity she’d never imagined
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