Bolivia's African king leads a long-neglected group stepping out of the shadows

King Julio I, who runs a grocery store in a jungle village, celebrates his 10th year on the throne. Yet the house of Pinedo is not entirely secure.

Published in the Guardian on December 7th, 2017.

MURURATA, BOLIVIA — The last king in South America boasts a lineage dating back centuries. Yet Julio I’s crown and leopard-trimmed robe are rarely seen in the humble grocery shop he runs with his wife, Queen Angélica, in a small jungle village in rural Bolivia…

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