Mass graves of individuals killed during Peru’s violent internal conflict against leftist rebels have been uncovered near a native community in the Amazon region, according to RPP Noticias.
RPP reported that 15 mass graves were found in an area near the native community of Mapotoa, which is located in the district of Pangoa in Junin region’s Satipo province.
A local resident, Jose Huaraca, told RPP that there are between 15 and 30 cadavers in each grave. The individuals are believed to have been victims of the Maoist inspired Shining Path rebels or from the smaller MRTA leftist rebels.
While the Shining Path was much larger and violent, both groups had campaigns to overthrow the state in the 1980s and 1990s. Both groups were also largely cut down in the 1990s with the capture of their leaders.
Some 69,000 people were killed during the internal conflict, many of whom were rural, indigenous people caught in the cross-fire between the leftist rebel groups and the state’s security forces.