Tag Archives: Dispatches From the Amazon series

Amazonians crave preservation, ‘but big money speaks louder’

Backgrounder: Last in a 13-part series By Barbara J. Fraser Catholic News Service SANTAREM, Brazil (CNS) — For more than three decades, Juscelina Silva Batista’s life has followed the rise and fall of the Amazon River. During the rainy season, … Continue reading

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After Amazonians migrate to cities, they struggle to survive

Backgrounder: Twelfth in a 13-part series By Barbara J. Fraser Catholic News Service MANAUS, Brazil (CNS) — On Christmas Eve of 2015, Marcia Soares’ home was bulldozed into oblivion, and with it, her dreams for the future. She and her … Continue reading

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Families uprooted by Belo Monte reveal the dam’s dark side

Backgrounder: Eleventh in a 13-part series By Barbara J. Fraser Catholic News Service ALTAMIRA, Brazil (CNS) — Treetops poke above the surface of the lake that laps at the shore of this Amazonian town. “People used to live there,” said … Continue reading

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Growth threatens lifestyle in Amazon’s Afro-Brazilian societies

Backgrounder: Tenth of a 13-part series By Barbara J. Fraser Catholic News Service SANTAREM, Brazil (CNS) — Marluce Coelho has mixed feelings about the college scholarship that has made her one of about 300 students of Afro-Brazilian descent studying at … Continue reading

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Missionaries quest to save Amazonian indigenous languages

Backgrounder: Ninth in a 13-part series By Barbara J. Fraser Catholic News Service ST. IGNATIUS, Guyana (CNS) — In an open-sided circular building beside the Catholic chapel in this Amerindian village, Scarboro Father Ron MacDonell was explaining how the tongue, … Continue reading

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Music, poetry used to teach respect for environment in Amazon

Eighth in a 13-part series By Barbara J. Fraser Catholic News Service HIOWA, Guyana (CNS) — Joseph Abraham, the son of two of the first teachers to work in Guyana’s remote Amerindian villages, never went to secondary school. Yet he … Continue reading

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In Guyana’s Rupununi region, the young feel lure of city lifestyle

Backgrounder: Seventh in a 13-part series By Barbara J. Fraser Catholic News Service LETHEM, Guyana (CNS) — Edwina Tancredo last saw her 17-year-old son more than a year ago, when he and some friends left the village of Hiowa to … Continue reading

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