efe-epaBy Juan Carlos Torrejon and Juan Pablo Roca Villa Nueva, Bolivia

Now on the other side of 70, Maria Rempel and Walter Martens have traveled far and wide since they first met in the former Soviet Union.

Now residing in Villa Nueva, one of the Mennonite communities in the eastern Bolivian region of Santa Cruz, they now must cope with the new reality of the pandemic and with recommended mitigation measures that run counter to their community's way of life.

The German-speaking couple recalled during an interview with Efe having fled repression in 1974 and living in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan before arriving in Germany in 1987.

They later fulfilled a dream by setting up a dairy farm in Paraguay in 2003 and finally moved to Bolivia for reasons of family, a key pillar of the Mennonite communities.