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At Home In Kenya With Obama's Grandma

As the U.S. President visits his father's homeland, an exclusive encounter with the now 94-year-old woman who raised Barack Obama Sr.

Mama Sarah Obama in Kogelo on June 29
Mama Sarah Obama in Kogelo on June 29
Paolo Mastrolilli

KOGELO — Mama Sarah is shucking corn, sitting on the steps in front of her house in this village in western Kenya. She hands me one ear of corn to help her: "We must make ugali, Barry's favorite dish."

To the rest of us, Barry is President Barack Obama, but for this 94-year-old woman he is her lost-and-found grandson, who arrives Thursday to the land of his forefathers as the 44th President of the United States.

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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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