Le Pérou vu par Rodrigo Abd, prix Pulitzer 2013


Today’s post highlights the recent work of Associated Press photojournalist Rodrigo Abd’s in Peru. His subjects include members of the Ashaninka tribe; the Lord of Huanca Sanctuary; the « Ojo que Llora » memorial; blinding mists called « la garua »; and a memorial service for the Bishop Emeritus of Huancavelica. Abd was part of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning entry for breaking news by the AP for its coverage of the Syrian civil war.


Actors with the theater group « Arena y Esteras » perform at the Villa El Salvador district of Lima, Peru, on July 21. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press)


Women out on Market Day gather in the main square minutes before the arrival of the coffins containing the remains of residents killed in a 1988 massacre, in Chaca, Peru. The remains of residents that were exhumed in 2012 from a mass grave and released to family members on June 13 were interred in a mass burial at the Chaca cemetery. On Jan. 8, 1988, a group of Chaca residents were tortured and killed by Shining Path militants, in retaliation for forming a self-defense committee. As weapons the villagers had little more than slingshots and poles with knives affixed. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press)


After attending a brief memorial service marking the return of their relatives’ exhumed remains, family members carry coffins containing the remains through the main square in Ayacucho, Peru, before returning to Chaca for a mass burial.  The remains were exhumed in 2012 from a mass grave and released to family members on June 13. The victims were killed in 1988 by Shining Path militants in retaliation for forming a self-defense committee.  (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press)


Eudicia Urbano, 70, standing in front of her former home, near the spot where her husband Marcial Escalante died, weeps as she retells how he was tortured and killed by Shining Path rebels, in Chaca, Peru. The region endured some of the worst atrocities of Peruís 1980-2000 conflict, in which both Maoist-inspired insurgents and security forces committed grave human rights violations. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press)


A potato vendor takes a catnap as she waits for customers at the San Pedro market in downtown Cuzco, Peru, on Sept. The potato is a source of Peruvian national pride, with some 3,000 varieties reportedly cultivated in the country.  (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press)


Women cook cuy chactado or fried guinea pigs to sell to pilgrims making the trek to the Lord of Huanca Sanctuary, at the foot of the Pachatusan mountain, near Cuzco, Peru. Each year, thousands of devotees from across Peru and neighboring countries come to Cuzco to make the annual seven-hour night hike up the mountain, to honor a 339-year-old image of Christ scourged and bleeding, known as the Lord of Huanca, on the walls of the shrine. The cult of the Lord of Huanca was officially recognized by the Catholic Church in 1779. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press)


Seeking respite from the oppressive heat inside her home, Norma Taipi, 23, with her 2-month-old daughter Mirella, sits on a storefront bench as she visits with neighbors in Trincavini, a community in Peruís Pichari district. Pichari lies on the banks of the Apurimac river at the center of the world’s No. 1 coca-growing valley. Coca is the lifeblood of the economy in Pichari, a mostly rural municipality of 40,000 people. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press)


An Ashaninka Indian woman washes a pot in a stream in Kitamaronkani, Pichari district, Peru. Peru’s Ashaninka Indians share the world’s top coca-growing valley with drug traffickers, rebels, illegal loggers and, now, an increased military presence. The government is now boosting its military footprint in the valley in a bid to fight Shining Path remnants and the drug traffickers they protect. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press)


Ashaninka Indian girls attend a public school on Oct. 1  in the Kinkibiri village, Pichari district, Peru. Ashaninka elders teach the new generations to appreciate the wilderness that sustained their ancestors, but many have given up on rainforest life and moved to cities. Elders also worry that their language, a member of the Arawak family, is disappearing. Area schools teach in Spanish.  (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press)


Ashaninka Indian Antonia Ayeque stands outside her house on Oct. 1 in Kitamaronkani, Pichari district, Peru. The Ashaninka are the largest indigenous group in Peru’s sparsely populated Amazon region but still account for less than 1 percent of the South American country’s 30 million people. The people subsist largely on manioc, a diet they supplement with fish and wild rodents known as pacas. (Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press)



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