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Local children look at a cruise ship from the banks of the Amazon River (Brazil).

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A girl looks over heaps of garbage for food at a landfill in Matamoros, Mexico.

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A boy and his family look for food at a landfill in Matamoros, Mexico.

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A man scavenges for food at a landfill in Matamoros, Mexico.

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A child plays on a tree swing over the Capim River in the Brazilian Amazon. Villagers here live in poverty after selling their forests to logging companies for little cash.

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Daily life along the Capim River in Quiandera village: theevening meal is eaten from a dirt floor by candle light. Villagers live in poverty, and many sell off their forests forlittle cash.

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A man named Mangueira and his family settles in for the night in their hammocks in the Brazilian Amazon near the Capim River. Unlike many locals nearby, Mangueira has refused to allow logging on his property. His woods still provide him with an abundance of forest fruits, wild game and medicinal plants.

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Daily life along the Capim River in Quiandera village: theevening meal is eaten from a dirt floor by candle light. Villagers live in poverty, and many sell off their forests forlittle cash.

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Daily life along the Capim River in Quiandeua village. Locals wait for a ride down the Capim at sunset on a river boat.

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Daily life along the Capim River in the Brazilian Amazon: adog begs for scraps as a child eats lunch in a hammock.

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Daily life along the Capim River in Quiandera village: after-dinner recreation. Villagers live in poverty, and many sell off their forests for little cash.

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Daily life along the Capim River in the village of Quiandeua: a man cleans tiny fish for his family’s supper. After villagers sold off the logging rights to much of the rainforestaround them, some locals have taken to fishing. Rivers havebeen badly over-fished here, however, and catches consist of fewer and smaller fish than in years past.

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Daily life along the Capim River in the village Quiandeua: children transport tortoises taken for food. After extensivelogging was allowed here, many villagers began living in poverty, scrounging whatever they could from the lands nearby.

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Daily life along the Capim River in Quiandeua village: A woman displays tortoises which will soon be killed for food. Villagers live in poverty after selling off their forests to the timber companies in exchange for a little cash and some alcohol.

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Medicinal bark, leaves and forest fruits are spread out on the ground at a workshop on forest products in the Brazilian Amazon.

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A young girl displays medicinal barks & leaves at a workshop on forest products in the Brazilian Amazon.

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A sleeping dog lies next to medicinal bark & leaves at a workshop on forest products in the Brazilian Amazon.

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Manqueira (left) chats with fellow fruit & farinha vendors in the market in Pargominas, Brazil.

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Multi-colored pupunha, a forest fruit, being sold at the market in Paragominas, Brazil.

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Multi-colored pupunha, a forest fruit, being sold at the market in Paragominas, Brazil.

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Multi-colored pupunha, a forest fruit, being sold at the market in Paragominas, Brazil.

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Forest fruits bacuri, piquia, and uxi being sold at a street market in Paragominas, Brazil.

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Forest fruits bacuri, piquia, and uxi being sold at a street market in Paragominas, Brazil.

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Forest fruits bacuri, piquia, and uxi being sold at a street market in Paragominas, Brazil.

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Clear-cut hillsides are burned off near the timber town of Paragominas, Brazil on the Amazon River.

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Once a lush tropical rainforest, smoldering clear-cuts and dirt roads with timber trucks define the timber town of Paragominas in the Brazilian Amazon.

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Once a lush tropical rainforest, smoldering clear-cuts and dirt roads with timber trucks define the timber town of Paragominas in the Brazilian Amazon.

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Freshly-cut old-growth logs near a village on the Capim River in Brazil.

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Smoke from a lumber mill and other industries in Paragominas, Brazil on the Amazon River.

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