Out the door of our hotel, we see the Plaza De Armas and one of Ayacucho’s main streets through arches built in colonial times.
This man is making lemonade using bicycle power to squeeze the lemons.
We visited the Museum of Memory, which was started by a group of mothers who had lost husbands and children in the violence that took place between 1980 and 2000. A Maoist group called the Shining Path terrorized the people while the military sent in to keep the peace also slaughtered hundreds of innocent people.
This wall presented photos of relatives who had lost family members. The black ribbon indicates that the body was found. Many more people just disappeared and have not been located. The woman who gave us an orientation to the museum lost 4 brothers on the conflict.
After lunch we visited a crafts market. One of the popular folk items are retablos, which started as religious objects but have changed to show more secular aspects of the culture too.
Next we visited a nonprofit that helps women by providing them with employment knitting textiles for European markets. The women come to work every day, and are paid by the piece for their work. It was great to see so many women employed… Over 300….
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