Peru – May 21 2019

Fighting for freedom: Marcelina's story in pictures

In the small village of Vraem, at the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, live the Asháninka people. As the largest group of indigenous people in the region, they have been fighting to survive disease outbreaks, malnourishment, and constant threats to their lands for centuries. For the past 30 years, one of the biggest threats have come from the terrorist group ‘Shining Path’, whose war with the state has left 10,000 Asháninka forcibly displaced within the Vraem region. Approximately 6,000 people have been killed and 5,000 women and children have been captured.

Marcelina was one of the children captured, and this is her story.

SOS Children’s Villages has been working in Peru since 1975, helping more than 10,000 children and families through our village communities and family strengthening programmes. We work with local governments and other organisations to ensure families have access to basic goods and services such as health care and education. We also provide training and advice so that parents can generate an income to look after their children. You can help families like Marcelina’s with as little as £2 a month.

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