AYACUCHO

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The word "Ayacucho" comes from Quechua "AYA" (dead, corpse) and CUCHO (corner), meaning "the corner of the dead." The last two decades of the twentieth century were one of the most tragic moments for the city of Ayacucho and the history of Peru. The armed conflict initiated by the Communist Party of Peru Sendero Luminoso and the response of the State resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and disappeared in the towns of Uchu, Accomarca, LucanmarcaSandSCayara

Women in this communities were victims of indiscriminate killings and subjected to a regime of terror and obedience. The girls and young women were recruited at a young age to be part of the subversive groups forcing them to perform various jobs. In addition, they were forced into unwanted marriages, used as security guards and were also victims of sexual abuse. Today the surviving women, widows and orphans continue in search of justice and truth. This essay brings together commemorative events held in Ayacucho, Peru between 2016 and 2017. In order to create a collective memory that prevents the period of violence from happening again.