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Antibiotics In China, Local Practice Turns Global Health Menace

Massive use of antibiotics in animal farming and for the treatment of common ailments is helping create incurable infections.

Chinese owner of a pig farm sprays disinfector on pigs
Chinese owner of a pig farm sprays disinfector on pigs
Cyrille Pluyette

ZHAOQING — On a pig farm near Zhaoqing, in south-western China, dozens of lifeless pigs float in the murky, stinking waters of a pond surrounded by banana trees and vegetable patches. One of the animals is still struggling, assailed by a school of catfish. Ahead, still visible in the fading daylight, is a row of seven buildings with slanted roofs at the foot of a lush hillside, where more than a thousand sows and their piglets are kept.

What happens inside is a secret as access is restricted. But there are signs to indicate dubious practices. Dead or ailing piglets are thrown into the pond, even though it's illegal to do so. It is quicker and cheaper. A few dozen meters away, a sow lies on a mud track, awaiting the arrival of the insurance firm that must make its assessment.

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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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