Ash Kosiewicz

Ash Kosiewicz (Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team): Ash graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2002 with a dual degree in government and journalism. After graduation, he worked for two years as a child support officer with the Texas Office of the Attorney General. In 2004, he moved to Ecuador, where he lived for 10 months working with a local foundation in Guayaquil to raise funds for a health center project in the rural canton of Santa Lucia. Upon returning from Ecuador, he worked for two years as communicators director with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, which provides legal aid to the poor in the United States. At the time of his fellowship, Ash was studying for a master's degree in Latin American studies from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. After his fellowship, Ash wrote: "The AP experience has given me another incredibly impactful experience in Latin America. It has given me an incredible story to tell, one that truly leaves people interested though unsure how to respond. I feel like I’ve gone through some pretty intense stuff, and I’ve come out of it stronger and more aware. I know I can handle tough environments, and work in a fast paced environment."



La Cantuta Memorial – Day 1

23 Jul

“For me, they are not dead. They are alive. They beat in our hearts.” – Fedor Muñoz, brother of assassinated professor Hugo Muñoz

Under an unforgiving sun, I left the cemetery of El Angel late last Saturday afternoon. As of today, I have yet to shake the images of La Cantuta.

While filming my experience with the relatives of Cantuta, my ability to look dispassionately through the square lens of my digital camera was often tested. Everywhere I turned, I felt surrounded by a penetrating display of raw emotion – heartbreaking sadness, intense fierceness, and subdued acceptance. Over three days, I witnessed the culmination of a 16-year fight for justice – and in the process, I put the camera down, freeing myself from the distance felt behind the lens to join hands, shout chants, and become a part of the experience.

Last Thursday, relatives of Cantuta came to the EPAF office to spend a final moment with the remains of their loved ones. Joined by a host of different human rights organizations, including the Network for the Development of the Child and the Family (REDINFA), relatives shared amongst each other the stories of who their loved ones were and the memories that had never been forgotten. For Carmen Amaro, sister of assassinated student Armando Amaro Cóndor, it was her brother’s love for Sikuri, music native to the Andean highlands, that reminded her of him.

Watch Thursday’s special ceremony at the EPAF office …

Posted By Ash Kosiewicz

Posted Jul 23rd, 2008

2 Comments

  • steph

    July 25, 2008

     

    i cried the whole way through the video, ash. what a painful, but it seems, cathartic day for those families. this is going to stay with you for a long time.

  • Holly

    August 3, 2008

     

    I’m sorry for not watching this video when it was originally posted. But after seeing it, I am left without words, my eyes wet. Oh, what these people have been through. I am truly blessed to lead a safe and good life.

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