Valentin Casa can’t shake the recurring nightmares. And this day certainly isn’t helping.
The 36-year-old farmer looks on as forensic investigators unearth a pair of finger bones and two copper rings from a mass grave in the village of Huallhua on the eastern steppes of Peru’s Andes. The grave contains the long-buried remains of two women and 13 children, and Casa believes the bones and rings belonged to his mother.
As a boy 27 years ago, Casa watched from behind trees as soldiers and their paramilitary allies dismembered and killed his mother and other women and children left behind by fleeing Shining Path rebels. Civilians suspected of backing the rebels were hunted down and killed. Two weeks later, troops and their civilian confederates caught and killed men from Casa’s village, including his father, whose throat they slit.
"I drank my own urine to survive," Casa remembers after his mother was killed and he fled into the forest. In his recurring nightmare, Casa is chased by someone, he knows not who. He always awakens with a start, covered in sweat.
Teresa Vilchez, 52, says she still suffers occasional vaginal bleeding from a gang rape by soldiers in 1984 at the nearby Mollebamba barracks. Rebels killed her husband, she says, and soldiers killed her mother, who she says was disfigured in the customary way after being raped: Her breasts were cut off.
No one has been arrested or prosecuted to date for the crimes in Chungui — not a single soldier, rebel or civilian. The survivors are mostly on their own. Villagers say no one has received any mental health counseling. Vilchez has never seen a gynecologist.
Three decades later, this isolated corner of Peru is witnessing the biggest exhumation to date of victims of the nation’s 1980-2000 internal conflict. The worst of its carnage occurred on these hills between the Andes ridge and Amazon jungle.
"Everybody here is traumatized," Casa says as he watches the work underway. "Whoever says he isn’t is lying."
The killing fields are an 18-hour walk from the nearest road in a region known as “Oreja de Perro,” or Dog’s Ear. It is a place where health care, schools, police and other state institutions barely exist. There are no roads, electricity or phones. The hills are still patrolled by Shining Path rebels, and drug traffickers flaunt the state’s absence. Today’s Shining Path only numbers in the hundreds, taxes the cocaine trade and still has a reputation for cultivating local farmers.
Authorities in distant Lima have been painfully slow to dispatch teams to dig up the dead from a brutal conflict that, according to a 2003 truth commission report, claimed an estimated 70,000 lives. Just over half were slain by Maoist-inspired rebels, over a third by security forces, the commission found. In November, forensic anthropologists began their work in the Chungui district and expect to remove 202 bodies in all — mostly women and children. At least 1,384 people were killed in Chungui, which is slightly larger than Hong Kong geographically but has only 6,000 inhabitants. — Read More
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One of the beauties of pinhole photography is its simplicity.
Tatiana Altberg teaches children in Brazil’s slums to build their own pinhole cameras out of recycled cans, and then encourages them to capture their surroundings.
Tonight at 10:30 GMT, Al Jazeera English will be airing Reportage photographer John D McHugh’s new documentary “A Tale of Three Cities.” John writes:
Afghanistan: A Tale of Three Cities is the latest in an occasional series that I have been making for the People and Power strand of Al Jazeera English, looking at Afghanistan through the prism of 2014. Having spent much of the last eight years immersed in the war, I wanted to talk to ordinary Afghans about their lives, and what 2014 means to them. Last year I made a film called Kabul: City of Hope and Fear in much the same vein, but this time I decided to go to examine some of the regional cities; Herat in the west, Mazar-e Sharif in the north and Jalalabad in the east. What I found was a country struggling with unemployment, violence, kidnapping, corruption and drug addiction, but most of all there is a lack of stability, and with the US withdrawal next year it is hard to see how things will improve.
See more of John’s photographic work on the Reportage Web site.
Caption: Afghans watch a motorcycle rider perform in a “Wall of Death” in a park in Herat on September 20, 2013. (Photo by John D McHugh)
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Don’t worry folks, no priceless cars were harmed in the making of this series.
Fabian Oefner took apart model cars and photographed each part individually. He then painstakingly arranged the pieces to give the appearance of an exploding car.
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Lewis meets Senna’s legendary McLaren-Honda MP4/4 with its 1.5L V6 Turbo. Lewis drove a few laps of Silverstone. I think the smile says it all. The next F1 season will bring back the turbo. But the days of 1300bhp in quail are over … all about efficiency, rather than brute horse power.
Pictured: Dec. 2, 2013. Surfers paddle on boards in the Mediterranean Sea off the shore of Tel Aviv, Israel. (Ariel Schalit—AP)
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From our Photojournalism of the Month: November 2013 round-up:
Typhoon Haiyan survivors pass by on a scooter as two U.S. Osprey aircraft fly over the ruins of Tacloban, central Philippines on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, hit the country’s eastern seaboard on Friday, November 8th, 2013. David Guttenfelder is the Associated Press’ Chief Photographer for Asia. He was previously covering daily life in North Korea, but flew out to the Philippines after the Typhoon struck, to document the aftermath. Keep up to date with his work by following him on Instagram.
AP Photo/David Guttenfelder