Biggest exhumation underway from Peru conflict

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  • APTOPIX Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    APTOPIX Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    In this Nov. 13, 2013 photo, villager Julio Orihuela, 37, points to the mass grave in the village of Huallhua where his mother and sister were buried as forensic anthropologist Joel Tejada unearths their skeletal remains. The exhumation in the district of Chungui, Peru, bringing back traumatic memories for survivors of 1986-87, when soldiers and their paramilitary allies dismembered and killed women and children left behind by fleeing Shining Path rebels. (AP Photo/Rodrigo...

  • APTOPIX Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    APTOPIX Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo, women transport supplies to a site where a forensic team including archaeologists, anthropologists and dentists is unearthing the remains of massacred villagers from a mass grave, in the district of Chungui, Peru. Authorities in distant Lima have been slow to dispatch teams to dig up the dead from the country's 1980-2000 conflict. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD202/493214237400/NOV. 9, 2013 PHOTO/1312030541

  • Peru-Unearthing The Bodies
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    In this Nov. 13, 2013 photo, Alberto Sulca poses for the forensic photographer where a mass grave has been identified in the district of of Chungui, Ayacucho. This isolated corner of Peru is witnessing the biggest exhumation to date of victims of the nation’s 1980-2000 internal conflict, which claimed an estimated 70,000 lives. The worst of its carnage occurred on these steppes between the Andes ridge and Amazon jungle. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD217/134947646135/NOV. 13, 2013 PHOTO/1312030539

  • APTOPIX Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    APTOPIX Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo, forensic archaeologist Dannal Aramburu lies on the forest ground exhausted but relieved. He had been separated for about 3 hours from colleagues walking to a site of mass graves in a remote area of Chungui, Peru. Aramburu never let go of the live chicken he grasps at his side, which was that night’s dinner. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD212/491230941014/NOV. 9, 2013 PHOTO/1312030540

  • APTOPIX Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    APTOPIX Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    In this Nov. 12, 2013 photo, Aurelia Castro is embraced by her son Raul as his daughter stands by his side. They are posing in their front yard in the district of Chungui, Peru. Aurelia's first husband was killed in 1984 when the couple tried to escape from soldiers who accused villagers of collaborating with Shining Path rebels. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/AB205/331483515903/NOV. 12, 2013 PHOTO/1312030539

  • Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    In this Nov. 11, 2013 photo, a turquoise ribbon outlines a sweater unearthed in a mass grave. Anthropologist employ the technique to photograph the item’s orientation before its removal. The exhumation in the district of Chungui, Peru, is traumatic for survivors of 1986-87 massacres by soldiers and their paramilitary allies of women and children left behind by fleeing Shining Path rebels. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD209/131887218598/NOV. 11, 2013 PHOTO/1312030536

  • Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo, Jessica naps on the lap of her mother Teresa Casa, who fills out a form outside a school house in Huallhua, Chungui district, Ayacucho, Peru, with details that will help forensic anthropologists identify the remains of her father, mother and sister. Authorities in distant Lima had been slow to dispatch teams to dig up the dead from the 1980-2000 conflict, which claimed an estimated 70,000 lives. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD210/917961545718/NOV. 9, 2013 PHOTO/1312030538

  • Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    In this Nov. 16, 2013 photo, soldiers stand guard at an antiterrorist military base in Vilcabamba region of Cuzco, Peru. They stand at the gateway to the Chungui region of neighboring Ayacucho state, where health care, schools, police and other state institutions barely exist and Shining Path rebels and drug traffickers flaunt the state’s absence. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD213/427322790499/NOV. 16, 2013 PHOTO/1312030537

  • Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo, women transport supplies to a site where a forensic team including archaeologists, anthropologists and dentists is unearthing the remains of massacred villagers from a mass grave, in the district of Chungui, Peru. Authorities in distant Lima have been slow to dispatch teams to dig up the dead from the country's 1980-2000 conflict. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD202/493214237400/NOV. 9, 2013 PHOTO/1312030534

  • Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    Peru Unearthing The Bodies
    11/28/2013
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    In this Nov. 13, 2013 photo, villager Julio Orihuela, 37, points to the mass grave in the village of Huallhua where his mother and sister were buried as forensic anthropologist Joel Tejada unearths their skeletal remains. The exhumation in the district of Chungui, Peru, bringing back traumatic memories for survivors of 1986-87, when soldiers and their paramilitary allies dismembered and killed women and children left behind by fleeing Shining Path rebels. (AP Photo/Rodrigo...

  • Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    In this Nov. 12, 2013 photo, a forensic anthropologist, top left, works in a shallow, tennis court-sized pit, exhuming the remains of a victim of a 1986 massacre in the district of Chungui, Peru. From this mass grave, forensic anthologists unearthed the remains of 13 children and two women. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD219/28895975349/NOV. 12, 2013 PHOTO/1312030539

  • Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    In this Nov. 10, 2013 photo, Teresa Casa cradles her daughter Jessica while a forensic team unearths the remains of villagers massacred in 1986 from a nearby mass grave in the district of Chungui, Peru. Forensic anthropologists working in the Chungui district expect to remove 202 bodies in all - mostly women and children killed by government forces. Casa is searching for her mother, father and sister. She believes they are in nearby mass graves. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD203/716002452578/NOV....

  • Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    In this Nov. 8, 2013 photo, Alberto Sulca, a Mossberg shotgun slung over his shoulder, keeps watch over a forensic team exhuming graves of massacred villagers in Huallhua in the district of Chungui, Peru. Authorities have been slow to dispatch teams to dig up the dead from the country's 1980-2000 conflict. Just over half its victims were slain by fanatical Maoist-inspired rebels, over a third by security forces, according to a 2003 report by a commission of prominent academics. (AP...

  • Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    This Nov. 13, 2013 photo shows scattered remains of five skeletons unearthed during an exhumation of a mass grave in the district of Chungui, Peru. This isolated corner of Peru is witnessing the biggest exhumation to date of victims of the nation’s 1980-2000 internal conflict, which claimed an estimated 70,000 lives. The worst of its carnage occurred on these steppes between the Andes ridge and Amazon jungle. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD201/293167063255/NOV. 13, 2013 PHOTO/1312030534

  • Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    In this Nov. 14, 2013 photo, Ceferino Casafranca rests under the shade of a tree in Huallhua, a village in Peru’s Chungui district. This isolated corner of Peru is witnessing the biggest exhumation to date of victims of the nation’s 1980-2000 internal conflict. Casafranca is said to be its oldest survivor. But no one knows his age. Health care, schools, police and other institutions barely exist in the district, whose hills are dominated by Shining Path rebels and drug traffickers. (AP...

  • Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    In this Nov. 13, 2013 photo, a forensic anthropologist gently lifts on of five skulls in remains unearthed at a mass grave in the district of Chungui, Peru. This isolated corner of Peru is witnessing the biggest exhumation to date of victims of the nation’s 1980-2000 internal conflict, which claimed an estimated 70,000 lives. The worst of its carnage occurred on these steppes between the Andes ridge and Amazon jungle. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD207/402467595338/NOV. 13, 2013 PHOTO/1312030536

  • Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    This Nov. 17, 2013 photo, shows an aerial view that includes the River Pampas in Peru's Chungui district, part of the “Oreja de Perro,” or Dog’s Ear, region. Chungui is a place where health care, schools, police and other state institutions barely exist. There are no roads, electricity or phones and the hills are dominated by Shining Path rebels and drug traffickers. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD220/509058698390/NOV. 17, 2013 PHOTO/1312030540

  • Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    Peru Unearthing The Bodies
    11/28/2013
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    In this Nov. 14, 2013 photo, dogs scuffle near an exhumation site where forensic anthropologists are unearthing the remains of massacred villagers in the district of Chungui, Peru. Authorities in distant Lima have been slow to dispatch teams to dig up the dead from the nation’s 1980-2000 internal conflict. The killing fields are an 18-hour walk from the nearest road in a region known as “Oreja de Perro,” or Dog’s Ear. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD218/765920839742/NOV. 14, 2013 PHOTO/1312030540

  • Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    In this Nov. 8, 2013 photo, a woman reads coca leaves hoping to divine the whereabouts of a forensic anthropologist presumed lost in the mountains in the district of Chungui, Peru. Before she finished, the anthropologist appeared at the camp, an 18-hour walk from the nearest road. There are no roads, electricity or phones in nearly all of the isolated region known as "Oreja de Perro." (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD206/958193597371/NOV. 8, 2013 PHOTO/1312030538

  • Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    In this Nov. 13, 2013 photo, Mercedes Castro, right, asks paralegal Liseth Pablo about helping find and exhume the remains of her father-in law. They are in the one-room schoolhouse of Huallhua , Peru. Authorities in distant Lima have been slow to dispatch teams to dig up the dead from the country’s 1980-2000 conflict, which claimed an estimated 70,000 lives. The killing fields are an 18-hour walk from the nearest road in a region known as “Oreja de Perro,” or Dog’s Ear. (AP Photo/Rodrigo...

  • Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    In this Nov. 12, 2013 photo, forensic archaeologist Alex Huamani holds a knife as he stands beside a slaughtered pig. He and a fellow Huallhua resident prepare dinner for visiting forensic investigators in the district of Chungui, Ayacucho, Peru. This isolated corner of Peru is witnessing the biggest exhumation to date of victims of the nation’s 1980-2000 internal conflict. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD211/569383749790/NOV. 12, 2013 PHOTO/1312030537

  • Peru Unearthing The Bodies
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    Peru Unearthing The Bodies
    11/28/2013
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    In this Nov. 9, 2013 photo, Felix Pacheco provides a blood sample to a forensic biologist in homes his DNA will help identify the remains of his disappeared father. They are at a makeshift clinic, in Huallhua in Peru’s remote Chungui district. Pacheco says his father disappeared in 1984 and was killed by the military. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)/ABD216/795107611360/NOV. 9, 2913 PHOTO/1312030538