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Patronato Postcard: A Visit To Chile's Little Palestine

Chile has the largest Palestinian population outside the Arab world. This neighborhood in Santiago is bound by a singular mix of history, soccer and headlines coming out of Gaza.

Middle East politics on display in the heart of Santiago
Middle East politics on display in the heart of Santiago
Christine Legrand

SANTIAGO — In the Chilean capital's working-class neighborhood of Patronato, you can be sure to find Palestinians of all ages at the Café Beit Jala.

As young people come in and out, the elders take their coffee, served with Arab pastries. Just two steps away is the country’s oldest Orthodox church, San Jorge, which the first Palestinian arrivals founded in 1917. The walls of the Santiago café are covered with pictures from Beit Jala, the village from which many of Palestinian families living in Chile emigrated.

"I'm the third generation of Chileans," says the café"s owner, Juan Bishara. His grandfather arrived in Santiago by boat in the 1950s. Bishara speaks Arabic with his clients, except with the youngest ones, who speak Spanish yet understand at least some of their ancestors' language.

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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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