World|life|August 29, 2018 / 11:05 AM
Bolivian woman thought to be world's oldest person at nearly 118

AKIPRESS.COM - Bolivian woman Julia Flores Colque is thought to be the world's oldest person, with a recorded age of almost 118, the Dailymail reports.

She still sings in her indigenous Quechua tongue and strums a tiny Andean guitar known as the charango at her home in the rural town of Sacaba.

In her long life, she has witnessed two world wars, revolutions in her native Bolivia and the transformation of her home town from having a population of 3,000 people to a bustling city of more than 175,000 in five decades.

Her national identity card says Ms Flores Colque was born on October 26, 1900 in a mining camp in the Bolivian mountains.

Aged 117 and ten months, she would be the oldest woman in the Andean nation and perhaps the oldest living person in the world.

However, Guinness World Records has said it has received no application for her and Ms Flores Colque does not seem to care that her record has not been confirmed. She has not even heard of the reference book.

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