Having yet to meet anyone here in Lima other than my colleagues at EPAF, I was a bit wary to wake up this Saturday morning with two full days to myself. After taking a short run along the ´´malecon´´´(´´boardwalk´´) that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, I came across a newsstand and picked up one of Lima´s many newspapers – La Republica. Here´s what´s making news today in Lima . . . (click on the headline links!)
´´Hallan Primeros 25 Cuerpos En Fosas de Putis´´ (´´First 25 Bodies Found in Mass Graves in Putis´´)
Big story citing EPAF´s work in Putis, which got me excited about my impending trip to the area on Monday. EPAF has been working in the area since May 17th. Here´s the lead: ´´After waiting for an agonizing 24 years, the relatives of those peasants assassinated by public order in the community of Putis seem to have recovered the hope that was taken from them in December 1984.´´ Some additional details: EPAF also discovered 15 cases of ammunition that confirm the Peruvian military´s responsibility for the killings. Among the 25 bodies found, they include women, men, adolescents, and children. A closer look at what actually happened in Putis next week.
Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was extradited from Chile in September 2007 to stand trial for human rights violations and corruption charges while he was president from 1990-2000. The trial will be suspended because doctors have found a possible cancer in Fujimori´s mouth, and he will undergo surgery. Fujimori is standing trial for his alleged involvement in the creation of the La Colina death squad, which is responsible for the death of 27 individuals accused of being members of the Shining Path.
´´The Best of Carlin´´ (reprint)
The Family: ´´The Politicians arrived! Did you bring water, electricity, education, and the healthcare that we need?´´
The Politicians: ´´No. We came to let you know that you are better off now than you were before.´´
Posted By Ash Kosiewicz
Posted May 24th, 2008