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A Palestinian youth plays with his horse at sunset in the West Bank.
A Palestinian youth plays with his horse at sunset in the West Bank.
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Friday, October 17, 2014

EBOLA: A CZAR, LOW DONATIONS, MORE TROOPS
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon launched an urgent donations appeal in the fight against the Ebola virus. This came after it emerged that despite receiving pledges of about $20 million from various governments, the UN Trust fund had received only $100,000 from Colombia, The New York Times reports. U.S. President Barack Obama yesterday said that he was considering naming an “Ebola czar” to coordinate Washington’s response to the epidemic that is expected to reach 9,000 cases this week. Obama also issued an executive order allowing the Pentagon to call up reserve troops to send them to West Africa where the disease has been the most deadly. According to Pentagon officials, as many as 3,000 troops could be sent to Liberia.

ISIS TURNS TO BAGHDAD
After reports yesterday that ISIS fighters had been driven out of parts of Kobani on the Syrian-Turkish border, the jihadist group targeted Baghdad with a series of car bombs and mortar attacks that left at least 36 people dead and close to 100 wounded, taking the death toll in the Iraqi capital to 150 since Sunday, The Guardian reports. Despite the news of the bombings, Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said Washington didn’t “believe that Baghdad is under imminent threat.” Meanwhile, AP reports that Iraqi authorities in the western Anbar province had imposed a curfew amid fears that ISIS fighters might seize the provincial capital of Ramadi, where the group has made gains despite strikes from the U.S.-led coalition.

PALESTINIAN TEENAGER SHOT BY ISRAELI FORCES
A 13-year-old Palestinian was shot dead in the chest by Israeli troops in an occupied village in the West Bank after villagers clashed with the military, Palestinian news agency Ma’an reports. The New York Times quotes an Israeli military spokeswoman saying villagers had thrown Molotov cocktails at the soldiers, who replied with live ammunition. According to the Palestine Liberation Organization, the teenager was the 53rd Palestinian killed by Israeli forces or settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem this year, in addition to the nearly 2,200 victims of Israel’s operation in Gaza this summer.

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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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