Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Mass grave from Peru's 1980-2000 conflict exhumed

Forensic teams have begun the long-delayed exhumation of members of an Amazon tribe that suffered devastating losses during Peru's 1980-2000 conflict with Shining Path rebels.

The first body, unearthed over the weekend, wore the standard ocher robe of the Ashaninka, said Ivan Rivasplata, leader of the forensic anthropologists from the Peruvian Prosecutor's Office engaged in the mission with army escorts.

He said in Lima that the team hoped to exhume about 130 bodies from five common graves in two communities in the Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro River valleys, where remnants of the Shining Path continue to exert influence, living off a vibrant cocaine trade.

About 6,000 Ashaninka were killed, 5,000 enslaved, and 10,000 forcibly displaced by the Shining Path during the conflict.

Wednesday 11 June 2014


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