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In Benghazi, A Baboon Breakout Amidst Human Warfare

In Benghazi, A Baboon Breakout Amidst Human Warfare

A dozen baboons escaped Sunday from Benghazi's zoo and roamed around the city amid deadly clashes between the army and anti-government militias that have killed more than 300 people in the past three weeks.

All but two were returned to their enclosures by Tuesday — but not before they baffled residents and posed for pictures in the practically deserted city, says the Libya Herald.

According to a local resident, a group of young boys had started to go to the city's central zoo where there was an absence of any real security; it is widely thought that they were the ones who released the primates.

After reports of attacks on the city’s residents, some of the baboons were reportedly shot and killed, as shown by photos that have circulated on social media over the past few days.

Main photo: @libyaamazigh101

So in the middle of the battle for #Benghazi the monkeys escaped from the zoo &are now running riot across the city pic.twitter.com/XfqgPgltjn

— Bel Trew - بل ترو (@Beltrew) November 9, 2014

The absurdity in #Libya reaching new levels. Baboons & monkeys escaped zoo in #Benghazi now attacking people. pic.twitter.com/lYet7UwmKa

— Assem #Libya (@libyaamazigh101) November 9, 2014

Several monkeys escaped from #benghazi#Libya zoo , sadly some were killed . No place to run for the poor animals pic.twitter.com/ShfXetgzPv

— Aisha Mansurey (@WORLDLOVERPEACE) November 9, 2014

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Indigenous Women Of Ecuador Set Example For Sustainable Agriculture

In southern Ecuador, a women-led agricultural program offers valuable lessons on sustainable farming methods, but also how to end violence.

Photo of women walking in Ecuador

Women walking in Guangaje Ecuador

Camila Albuja

SARAGURO — Here in this corner of southern Ecuador, life seems to be like a mandala — everything is cleverly used in this ancestral system of circular production. But the women of Saraguro had to fight and resist to make their way of life, protecting the local water and the seeds. When weaving, the women share and take care of each other, also weaving a sense of community.

With the wrinkled tips of her fingers, Mercedes Quizhpe, an indigenous woman from the Kichwa Saraguro people, washes one by one the freshly harvested vegetables from her garden. Standing on a small bench, with her hands plunged into the strong torrent of icy water and the bone-chilling early morning breeze, she checks that each one of her vegetables is ready for fair day. Her actions hold a life of historical resistance, one that prioritizes the care of life through the defense of territory and food sovereignty.

Mercedes' way of life is also one that holds many potential lessons for how to do agriculture and tourism better.

In the province of Loja, work begins before sunrise. At 5:00 a.m., the barking of dogs, the guardians of each house, starts. There is that characteristic smell of damp earth from the morning dew. Sheep bah uninterruptedly through the day. With all this life around, the crowing of early-rising roosters doesn't sound so lonely.

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