Testimonies from Peru’s Civil War Presented

Posted: October 16, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: October 15, 2009 at 4:08 pm

During the spring of 2008, the Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team (EPAF) began unearthing the largest mass grave from Peru’s 20-year internal armed conflict in the rural community of Putis, in the Andean highlands.

By the end of the summer, EPAF had recovered 92 human remains from the gravesite at Putis and discovered incontrovertible evidence of the Peruvian Armed Forces’ role in the massacre.

On Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Library Instruction Room, “Testimonies from Peru’s Civil War: Recovery and Reconciliation in an Andean Village” will be presented.

Gerardo Fernández Mendoza, an indigenous leader from the reconstituted village of Putis, will share his testimony as a survivor of the violence that devastated his community and communities like it throughout the Andean highlands.

In addition, José Pablo Baraybar, EPAF’s executive director, will discuss the findings from the exhumation at Putis and elaborate on its potential to serve as a model for empowering the victims of mass violence in Peru.

This free event is open to all. Sponsors are University Libraries, Global Interdisciplinary Programs, Latin American Studies, Global Affairs and the Transitional/Transnational Justice Working Group.

For more information, e-mail Laura Jenemann, media librarian, at ljeneman@gmu.edu.

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