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UBBEK KEREI | by As Worlds Divide
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Portrait of Mentawai shaman and sikerei Aman Masit Dere smoking an 'ubek' - tobacco cigarette. He stopped smoking 3 years ago after being diagnosed with tuberculosis. He is still fighting the disease today as adequate treatment is difficult to maintain for those in remote regions. The current health system there - mix of both native and foreign - is a complex topic to delve into. I've written a few articles on the blog over the years, but I'd be lying to claim that I have a good understanding. One size does not fit all. But that's life I guess. Photo taken Siberut, 2012.

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Uploaded on December 22, 2015