Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Peru: Santo Tomas de Pata

Espacio de memoria drew my attention to the exhumations in Santo Tomas de Pata in Huancavelica, Peru. A total of 105 bodies have been recovered. Family members of the victims pointed out that, for many, the death certificates the victims will eventually receive will be the first, and only, official identity document they have ever had.

These people come from desparately poor communities and have no financial resources for legal counsel, psychological assistance or burial costs. For this reason, several sites are appealing for donations to cover the cost of coffins and provide bank details for Peru-based people to make payments. Obviously, I can't vouch for the authenticity of such appeals and giving would be entirely the responsibility of the donor, but it looks official and there are contact details available if anyone wants to make checks.

1 comment:

Lauren said...

Not sure if you have already seen this, but thought I would pass it along: