Frustrated Amazon villagers tackle Covid with faith, potions

Bela Vista do Jaraqui (Brasil) (AFP) – Remote Amazon village communities, feeling abandoned by the state, are turning to religion and traditional remedies for protection in the coronavirus pandemic. Raimundo Leite de Sousa, 34, claims he recovered from Covid-19 with a potion made from the stinktoe and crabwood plants, flavored with lemon and garlic. “It (the virus) bent me over double but it didn’t take me,” said Leite de Sousa, who avoided the fate of some 210,000 other Brazilians who have died — a national toll surpassed only by that of the United States. Leite de Sousa lives in Bela Vista …

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