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Iran: Risks Of A Premature End To Quarantine

President Rouhani wants some activities to reopen, in open conflict with recommendations of national coronavirus task force.

Members of the Iranian Red Crescent's Volunteers Organization in the Hameh Sin mountain village in Eastern Tehran, Iran, sanitizing and screening villagers who may be infected by coronavirus.
Members of the Iranian Red Crescent's Volunteers Organization in the Hameh Sin mountain village in Eastern Tehran, Iran, sanitizing and screening villagers who may be infected by coronavirus.
Alidad Vassigh

TEHRAN — From open schools in Singapore to newly closed businesses in the U.S., the world is wondering what the safest way back to normalcy might be. Iran is putting this question to the test as many citizens returned to work in early April after the Persian New Year holiday, despite a death toll rising near 4,000 and open risks of a "second wave."

Despite the risks, President Hassan Rouhani has called reopen a portion of business activities on Wednesday, citing the need to "move the wheel of the economy." The Tehran task force charged with fighting the virus adamantly disagrees with Rouhani's choice: "Not only have we not reached the phase of controlling this virus, but it is increasing." Rouhani, on the other hand, believes that "smart social distancing" will be a sufficient protective measure.

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Urban Indigenous: How Peru's Shipibo-Conibo Keep Amazon Culture Alive In The City

For four years, indigenous photographer David Díaz Gonzales has documented the lives and movements of his Shipibo-Conibo community, as many of them migrated from their native Peruvian Amazon to the city. A work of remembrance and resistance.

For Shipibo-Conibo women, sporting a fringe is usually a sign of celebration or ceremony.

Rosa Chávez Yacila

YARINACOCHA — It was decades ago when the Shipibo-Conibo left their settlements along the banks of the Ucayali River, in eastern Peru, to begin a great migration to the cities. Still among the largest Amazonian communities in Peru — 32,964 according to the Ministry of Culture — though most Shipibo-Conibo now live in the urban district of Yarinacocha.

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