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This highway runs through the Aezkoa valley, alongside the Irati river, and past innumerable of these traditional stone barns, many now abandoned. The village of Orbaitzeta serves as gateway to the Irati forest, a dense beech woods at the foot of the Pyrenees.


Maggie Schmitt discovers that Israeli sheep are spreading, causing
The Basque Sheep Wars .
Farmers must choose to save their culture or their farms.

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Maggie Schmitt is a freelance researcher and translator based in Madrid.  She is currently working on a book called The Gaza Kitchen with Laila El-Haddad. Learn more at gazakitchens.wordpress.com.

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