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Burning Trash, High Cancer Rates And Shadows Of Italy's Mob

In northern Italy, the city of Pavia has higher-than-average cancer rates and widespread cases of illegal garbage burning. Are these two facts just a coincidence?

Bridge and river in Pavia, Italy.
Bridge and river in Pavia, Italy.
Andrea Ballone and Fabio Poletti

PAVIA – The latest pile of burning trash was discovered in Bornasco, a town north of the city of Pavia in Italy's northern region of Lombardy. The 15,000-square-meter mountain of abandoned washing machines, discarded cars, construction material, marble headstones, fiber-cement slabs, and electronics components was just one of many housed in the empty warehouses that litter the industrial wasteland on Pavia's outskirts.

"This is an area that is ideal for trash disposal because it has low population density over a large territory," says Angela Alberici, the director of the Pavia branch of Lombardy's Regional Agency for Environmental Protection (ARPA).

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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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