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Déjà Vu: Second Deadly Earthquake Hits Same Italian Region

CORRIERE DELLA SERA, IL SOLE 24/7 (Italy)

An earthquake killed at least 15 people in the northern Italian region of Emilia, just 10 days after another deadly temblor in the same region. Tuesday's 5.8 magnitude quake struck at 9 a.m., with an epicenter between the cities of Carpi, Medolla and Mirandola. At least five aftershocks were recorded.

Beyond the confirmed dead, seven people are missing, 200 injured and 6,000 evacuated. One of the victims is Don Ivan Martini, the priest of the village of Revereto. Il Corriere reports that he died in his church while trying to save a small statue of the Virgin Mary.

Among the other victims, at least nine were at their workplace -- a reminder of the workers killed in the earlier quake. Trade union leader Susanna Camusso has criticized the government of Prime Minister Mario Monti, saying authorities were wrong to send back people inside the buildings. Il Solereports that Monti held a press conference alongside the head of the Italian civil protection in the damaged region, explaining they were doing "everything that is necessary" to protect and help the population.

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Indigenous Women Of Ecuador Set Example For Sustainable Agriculture

In southern Ecuador, a women-led agricultural program offers valuable lessons on sustainable farming methods, but also how to end violence.

Photo of women walking in Ecuador

Women walking in Guangaje Ecuador

Camila Albuja

SARAGURO — Here in this corner of southern Ecuador, life seems to be like a mandala — everything is cleverly used in this ancestral system of circular production. But the women of Saraguro had to fight and resist to make their way of life, protecting the local water and the seeds. When weaving, the women share and take care of each other, also weaving a sense of community.

With the wrinkled tips of her fingers, Mercedes Quizhpe, an indigenous woman from the Kichwa Saraguro people, washes one by one the freshly harvested vegetables from her garden. Standing on a small bench, with her hands plunged into the strong torrent of icy water and the bone-chilling early morning breeze, she checks that each one of her vegetables is ready for fair day. Her actions hold a life of historical resistance, one that prioritizes the care of life through the defense of territory and food sovereignty.

Mercedes' way of life is also one that holds many potential lessons for how to do agriculture and tourism better.

In the province of Loja, work begins before sunrise. At 5:00 a.m., the barking of dogs, the guardians of each house, starts. There is that characteristic smell of damp earth from the morning dew. Sheep bah uninterruptedly through the day. With all this life around, the crowing of early-rising roosters doesn't sound so lonely.

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