Coca production makes a comeback in Peru
Coca production is on the rise in Peru, and recent studies show that Peru may soon surpass Colombia as the world’s largest coca exporter and producer as soon as 2011. Anti-narcotics crack-downs in nearby nations have created what scholars call the “balloon effect,” referring to the phenomenon that when one area is “squeezed” (in this case, Colombia), the drug production swells in another area (Peru). The jungle valleys of central Peru have a long history of coca production, and the United States has put a lot of time and money into antinarcotics projects in Peru. The U.S. is said to be at $71.7 million in anti-narcotics aid to Peru this year. According to some Peruvian farmers, coca production allows them to feed their families- it can be harvested five times each year and is on high demand in the United States, Brazil and parts of Europe.
To watch a 5 minute clip about Peru’s coca conflict, visit http://video.nytimes.com/video/2010/06/13/world/americas/1247467896553/peru-s-coca-conflict.html
Peru archeologists find hall for human sacrifices
Archeologists revealed on Thursday that they had discovered a ceremonial site containing over half a dozen skeletons, a long corridor, porticos, thrones and part of a mural on Peru’s northern coast. On this site the Pre-Columbian Moche people, who lived between 100 B.C. and 800 A.D., conducted human sacrifices. The discovery supports theories about a ceremony called “The Presentation.”
Eva Allyon invited to Peru independence celebrations at White House
Peruvian superstar Eva Ayllon announced that she will celebrate the 189th anniversary of Peru’s Independence Day (July 28) at the White House in Washington D.C. The Afro-Peruvian music that she is so well-known for has its roots in the slave trade, but emerged as a musical genre in Lima in the 1950s. An NPR article states that Ayllon has been called Peru’s Tina Turner and says that she is one of the great figures of today’s Latin music (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103169173). Currently there is no public information about what the celebrations at the White House will include.
Visit the above link to see a YouTube video of Allyon singing “Estoy enamorada de mi país.”
Peru declares states of emergency in 16 regions due to cold wave
On Saturday the Peruvian government declared states of emergencies in Áncash, Apurímac, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cusco, Huancavelica, Huánuco, Junín, Moquegua, Pasco, Puno, Lima, Tacna, Madre de Dios, Ucayali and Loreto because of a cold weather wave. Because it is now official, regional authorities can use their funds to give aid and supplies, like shelter, medicine and blankets, to those in need. Some areas that are at least 3,000 meters above sea level have gotten to -46C, which is still a record low in places that are usually below zero this time of year.
Piuranos celebrate the national holiday
Stores are overflowing with people; the streets are in chaos; the traffic is unbearable; and many events are happening locally and nationwide in celebration of Peru’s independence in 1821. This article in El Tiempo highlights the festive atmosphere in Piura as well as the mess and disorder it is causing in the streets. The article advises that patience in dealing with the chaos will help people enjoy the holiday more. A couple paragraphs outline the security measures the government has taken in the city to insure safety.
To watch video footage of an Independence Day parade in 2008, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iv_9tUDfFUU&feature=related