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Mortars And Flowers: In Kyiv, The Grim Banality Of Life At War

Those who have not fled are emerging in these early days of spring to establish new rhythms of life as a tense wartime normalcy takes over.

Mortars And Flowers: In Kyiv, The Grim Banality Of Life At War

Daily life in Kyiv

Francesca Mannocchi

KYIV — A few stores and cafes have opened back up. The sun strikes the roadblocks and bags of soil piled in the streets and in front of windows to protect buildings. And yes, flowers are blooming.

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With temperatures mild by midday, this is what was on display Thursday in Kyiv. Or rather, the fact that it stubbornly tried to hide: The city, the people left behind, are getting used to the war. They are adapting to the idea that the war has come to stay.

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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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Central to the tragic absurdity of this war is the question of language. Vladimir Putin has repeated that protecting ethnic Russians and the Russian-speaking populations of Ukraine was a driving motivation for his invasion.

Yet one month on, a quick look at the map shows that many of the worst-hit cities are those where Russian is the predominant language: Kharkiv, Odesa, Kherson.

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