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A Wichi indigenous man uses a net to catch a fish in the Pilcomayo River in Santa Victoria Este, Argentina. The Wichi in this area, largely traditional hunters and gatherers, have struggled for decades to recover land that has been systematically stolen from them by cattleraisers and large agricultural plantations, and to preserve their access to a river which has suffered increasing levels of contamination from upstream mining and other uses. After years of negotiation supported by Church World Service, a landmark 2014 agreement will divide the land in this region between indigenous communities and settlers, guaranteeing the survival of the Wichi and their access to the river.