Excavations victims Peru’s Shining Path started

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Wednesday June 11, 2014
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The Shining Path, Peru’s Communist Party, is a revolutionary Maoist guerrilla organization. The organization was founded in 1960 by Abimael Guzmán but started the so called “armed struggle” in 1980. Due to its brutality and its violence it is subsumed by the Peruvian government, the US, the EU and Canada as a terrorist organization. Since Guzmáns arrest in 1992, the organization has decreased in activity. In 1980, an internal conflict started in Peru mainly between the Shining Path and the Peruvian government. This conflict leaded to the death of approximately 70 000 people. An important group under the victims of the Shining Path was the Ashaninka, indigenous people living in the Peruvian- Brazilian Amazon Rainforest. The number of deadly victims is estimated at 6000, another 5000 were enslaved and 10 000 were forced to displace from their houses. Now a forensic team in Peru started the excavation of bodies of this Ashaninka people killed by the Shining Path. It is the first time that they start a search for the missing Ashaninka people. They predict to find around 130 bodies of the members of this indigenous group. Until now, the forensic team already exhumed at least 1 body wearing traditional Ashaninka attire. They will partially continue their search for victims based on the testimony of survivors.

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