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Colombia, No Country For Old Folks

What if, instead of pretending to care about the welfare of the elderly, we just wrote them off completely? A dose of satire about public attitudes toward seniors in the era of COVID-19.

Volunteers provide food aid in the center of Cali, Colombia.
Volunteers provide food aid in the center of Cali, Colombia.
Reinaldo Spitaletta

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BOGOTÁ — Stop with the euphemisms. Let's just be blunt. We already know being old and poor in Colombia can cost you dearly. Evidently, important people have concluded that the elderly are a nuisance — especially for production and consumption. They're like an exhausted gold mine that's cheaper to shut down.

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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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