Reference : V-P-PE-E-00907
Date : 10/2014
Country/Region : PERU
Caption : Huancasancos. Olga's shoes that she was wearing when murdered and that were restituted to her family along with her remains.
Photographer : COHEN, Nadia Shira
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Edma, 49, and Nilton, 46, lost both their parents during the conflict. They were forced into raising their brothers and sisters. When their father, who was a judge, was killed, they were smuggled outside of Huancasancos in fruit baskets during the violence by their parents, for fear that they might be killed. After receiving word of their father’s death, they came back to be with the family. Six months later, they found themselves orphaned after their mother was executed. The children all suffer from the emotional scars of losing their parents as well as struggling economically. They also must face the perpetrators of their parents crime on a regular basis as they live within their own community.
On October 27 2014, after almost 30 years of waiting, the families of 80 people unaccounted for between 1983 and1984 came from different regions of the country, to retrieve the remains of their loved ones at the Legal Medicine Institute of Ayacucho. The victims who were from various communities of Ayacucho such as Chungui, Huancasancos, Huanta, Vilcashuamán, Tambo, Canayre, and Huamanga were exhumed and identified during 2014. Many government and nongovernmental organisations contributed to the event such as the International Committee of the Red Cross who provided transportation of families and coffins to the communities from Ayacucho, as well as the Peruvian Red Cross who provided shelter for many families who came to recover their loved ones from far away communities. Between 13,000 and 16,000 people disappeared during the armed violence that took place in Peru between years 1980 and 2000. Many families are still left without any knowledge of the fate of their relatives, they cannot give them a decent burial, solve official issues of widowhood or orphan hood, to receive economical, psychological or psychosocial support and obtain reparation.
Original material : digital
Resolution : 3744x5616
Orientation : portrait
Colour/B&W : colour