A factory fire in Lima, Peru, that killed four young people has drawn official and international attention to the sometimes deadly risk posed by the country’s use of forced labor, or slave labor. This tragedy, the International Labor Organization says, revealed that the Peruvian factory had operated in an abusive manner that “approaches modern forms of slavery such as forced labor, which affects millions of people around the world.”
Peru’s minister for women has denounced the impunity that surrounds crimes of gender violence, which she says has placed the country among the world’s most dangerous places for women. The Peruvian government says Peru now ranks third worst in the world in its rate of gender-based violence, only behind Ethiopia and Bangladesh, as revealed in 2013 by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Two decades after Alberto Fujimori ended his term as president of Peru, an indigenous rights group is still struggling to bring justice and recognition to victims of mass sterilization that occurred during the second term of the former dictator.
Direct Relief has contributed $32 million in medical resources for Colombia and Peru, where historic flooding and mudslides have killed hundreds of the region’s most vulnerable people and displaced hundreds of thousands more.
Months of record-breaking rainfall has prompted a humanitarian crisis in Peru, with some of the country’s poorest displaced from their homes and left vulnerable to hunger and illness.
Having a stroke, one of the world’s leading causes of death and disability, can be debilitating even with access to the best health-care systems. It’s even more devastating in poor, remote areas of the developing world, but with the clever use of basic and ubiquitous technologies like cell phones, a Peruvian researcher says, it doesn’t need to be.
For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we are talking with Peru’s Minister of Health Patty Garcia and the need for systemic change in how we seek to improve health around the world. Garcia says health care and the global health community have been successful at targeting specific diseases and, in rich countries, advancing treatments. But what we need now, she says, is a comprehensive system that emphasizes prevention and access for all to basic services.
Peru has launched its first-ever newscast in Quechua, an indigenous language spoken by some 4 million Peruvians, in a widely celebrated effort to fight discrimination against indigenous people and foster a more inclusive country.
An indigenous political federation in the Amazon has warned the Peruvian government it will physically block any attempt by oil companies to operate on their lands.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) postponed the start date for a senior post granted to Nadine Heredia, the former first lady of Peru, who is facing money-laundering allegations at home.