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Pachamama’s Blood

Ecuador’s Sápara people are developing strategies to fend off the dual threats of oil development and climate change.

photo Gleb RaygorodetskyThe territory of the Indigenous Sápara people in the Ecuadorian Amazon is largely unmarred by development. The Sápara hope to keep it that was as they battle oil development in the region. On a gray February day in 2013, the slender and languorous Conambo River, snaking through the lush rainforest at the western edge of the Ecuador’s Oriente region, carried something that hadn’t stained its turbid waters for decades –…
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by: Gleb Raygorodetsky – Autumn 2017

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