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One indigenous community is counting the social costs of Amazon fires and conflict

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Members of the Huni Kuin community survey the damage after a fire on August 22. Photo: Centro Huwã Karu Yuxibu via Facebook

The cultural center of Huwã Karu Yuxibu was the educational and spiritual home of Brazil’s indigenous Huni Kuin people. Located 50 kilometers from Rio Branco, the capital city of the Amazonian state of Acre, it was built in 2015 and provided a focus for agroecological knowledge, traditional medicine, and cultural ceremonies for the community. However, on the afternoon of August 22, Huwã Karu Yuxibu was burned along with trees, drinking well, and the medicinal and food gardens of the Huni Kuin people.

Many of the Huni Kuin people who live near the center were previously displaced from the Brazilian-Bolivian border,...

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