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."

News Flash: Fujimori Trial Update

12 Aug

From today´s issue of La Republica

“The Victims of La Cantuta and Barrios Altos Were Not Terrorists”

Photo credit: Judicial Branch of Peru

Benedicto Jiménez, ex-chief of the Special Intelligence Unit of the counterterrorism police force under Fujimori and mastermind behind the capture of Shining Path leader Abimael Guzmán, testified Monday that the 25 victims killed by the Colina death squad in the Barrios Altos and La Cantuta massacres were not leaders, members, or bases of support of the Shining Path.

“It is inconceivable to think that a group of leaders or insurgents of the Shining Path lived together in Barrios Altos,” Jiménez said. “These (leaders) lived dispersed and only got together for a predetermined activity. The kids of La Cantuta were musicians … they were not subversive leaders. They were a group of artists that loved music and that was all it was. They were not responsible for the Tarata bombings.”

Posted By Ash Kosiewicz

Posted Aug 12th, 2008

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