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Florence in Lima
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Florence in Lima

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Florence in Lima

Scroll down to join Florence on a photographic journey through the Cantagallo island community. Witness their fight against Covid-19, trapped in a city, practicing ancient medicine.

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A very messy country

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“I live in a very messy country where laws are not enforced. This makes it beautiful as well, but in a situation like this it gets serious because we don’t have the necessary equipment in the hospitals. And when the president declared a state of emergency, the country stopped.

Most of the people here work informally. Closing the country affected them a lot. They couldn’t have any income and they are suffering from hunger." 
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“This is why I was very worried about the Cantagallo island, because they depend on this informal work, selling their artisanal artworks.”

Photograph: A meal in the Cantagallo community.
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With lockdown imposed, Florence was stuck in Lima.

But she wasn't willing to just photograph the view out of her window. There were important stories that needed to be told.

Photograph: Florence's mother.
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Cantagallo island

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Protectors of nature.

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“Even though the indigenous people are in Lima, far away from their original home in the rain forests, they don’t lose their roots, origins and knowledge. Especially how to protect themselves with plants. I admire this.

Their use of plants shows us how they are still connected to nature. And why they are called the protectors of nature – of the rain forest!

These people deserve respect and protection. And I’m sad that my government hasn't protected them well.

Now, there is a very sad and dangerous situation in the rain forest.”
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The Nephew

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Photos from my country

Florence has received a special permit to work in the field as a photographer. She has also been given Covid-19 tests to ensure she does not bring the illness into or out of the community.
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“I know that there are some people reporting on the situation in Brazil. But nobody is reporting on the situation in Peru.

Our amazon is enormous. Not only is there the Shipibo-Conibo, but there are  34 native languages in the rain forests. Imagine how many tribes there are.

So who is going to show it? Maybe I can a little bit. Otherwise the world doesn’t know what’s happening. And sometimes my country needs a little shake.”
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