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Sourcing A Sudden Rat Invasion In Buenos Aires

Trying to track down the source of what seems like a rodent explosion in the Argentine capital. Any advice from Paris...or Baltimore?

Palacio Barolo, a famous building in the city center of Buenos Aires
Palacio Barolo, a famous building in the city center of Buenos Aires

BUENOS AIRES — Rat feces between desks, in the playground and just beneath the blackboard in Buenos Aires schools. Dead rats in gardens in the waterside district of Belgrano, just blocks away from the new Mitre overhead railway. Grey rats as big as cats, crossing General Hornos Ave. outside the Constitución station.

It seems like the pesky rodents are everywhere this year, as indicated by the five schools that had to suspend classes because of infestations, the increasing number of shops reporting rat problems, and a 50% increase in Buenos Aires in calls to exterminators.

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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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