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Peru native community displaced over military presence
By Manuel Vigo
April 23, 2012
A native community in La Convención, Cusco, has become displaced due to the strong military presence in the area.
According to Peru21, members of the Inkerri native community decided to move to Quillabamba, over fears caused by the unusual military presence.
Over the past few weeks, the country has mobilized armed forces to the jungle area known as the VRAE, after increased activity by Shining Path remnant groups.
Fedia Castro, Mayor of La Convencion, said 78 Inkerri residents fled after seeing the military, but were later found, and informed about the military situation. The community then decided to move to nearby Quillabamba.
"We are assisting them with food, and medical care […],” Castro said, according to Peru21.
The Mayor said she was waiting for the central government to contact her about her request for increased police presence in the area.
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