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David Maurice Smith

Barkindji children jump on a trampoline in their front yard while storm clouds gather overhead. The Barkindji, also called the Paakantyi, are an Aboriginal Australian tribe that lives in New South Wales. They are traditional keepers of one of the most prosperous countries on the planet yet they endure near third-world conditions. Barkindji men have a life expectancy of 35 years, the rate of domestic violence is 13 times that of other Australian communities, and the infant mortality rate is three times higher than for non-aboriginals.


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