The Geo Quiz takes us to South America this time, to a remote region that borders on Brazil and Bolivia. Recent satellite images show cattle ranchers there moving in and thus forcing indigenous people out.
We're headed to the Andes for the Geo Quiz. We're looking for two countries on the South American continent where chewing coca leaves remains popular. It's been a cultural tradition of indigenous people in Andean countries for centuries.
Tensions between Brazil and Venezuela intensified last month after violent clashes broke out on the border over a botched humanitarian aid delivery plan. While tensions have subsided and the possibility of armed conflict has been ruled out, relations remain strained.
In Argentina, abortion is illegal — except in cases of rape, incest and danger to the life of the mother. But abortion rights activists say even those rare cases where abortion is lawful, women and girls have a hard time accessing one.
Until recently, Sehuencas water frogs were among the more than 500 species of frogs and other amphibians on the brink of extinction. Just one male, named Romeo, was living in a lab in Bolivia, assumed to be the last of his species. But researchers recently found five more of these frogs in a cloud forest in the mountains of Bolivia. They took one of the females, named her Juliet, and brought her to meet Romeo.
In Argentina, a mostly Catholic and conservative country, discussion around sex education has been heated. That’s why a law passed in 2006 to give kids comprehensive sexual education has been sporadically implemented. Until recently, it was ignored and put on the back burner.
In Argentina, violence against women is rising nationwide. Prosecutor Marcela Juan is among a number of women trying to solve the problem. Some are working on legislation while others are taking to the streets, making their voices heard.