Marilyn Geary

Journeys Illuminating the Old Ways

Marilyn Geary

2014 Oct Day 15 Ayacucho

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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.

Campesino women here dress conservatively, with large textiles to carry their babies and large objects.
We visited the central market.

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….

And working together.
The organization provides day care and schools for the women’s children and provides housing for 12 teenage unwed mothers. Dia is the most impressive NGO of its type I’ve seen. They are doing wonderful work, and they were very grateful for our purchases of their handmade chocolate, scarves and other products.
Back at the main square on our way to dinner, we came across two different parades, filling the streets with movement and music. This one was led by a school banner.
One of the paraders carried a makeshift dragon.
Tomorrow some workshops in Ayacucho.



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