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Venezuela Exodus: Migrants Now Crossing Into Northern Brazil

An estimated 40,000 Venezuelans have taken up residence in Boa Vista, the capital of Brazil's Roraima state. Many are roughing it in the city's 53 public squares. And their numbers are rising.

BR-174, on the way to border
BR-174, on the way to border
Giacomo Tognini

BOA VISTA — While Venezuelans fleeing their country's debilitating economic crisis have been crossing by the droves into Colombia, another migrant route has emerged. A growing number of Venezuelans have begun heading south, into the Brazilian state of Roraima, with reports of more than 8,000 entereing the northernmost and least populated state of Brazil in the first four weeks of 2018.

From there, some continue on to Brazil's more populous southeastern cities. But a surprising large number are settling in Boa Vista, the Roraima state capital, where Venezuelans (about 40,000 of them) now make up approximately 10% of the population, the Rio de Janeiro-based daily O Globo reports.

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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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