Peru Unearthing the Bodies

Photos by Rodrigo Abd

This remote hamlet on fertile Andean slopes beside the Apurimac river has been a ghost town for three decades, inhabited only by the buried bodies of villagers slain by security forces who considered them rebel sympathizers.

Earlier this month, forensic investigators began unearthing the remains of the nearly two dozen victims of the July 14, 1984, massacre in this region where government forces regularly hunted alleged collaborators of the Shining Path guerrillas.

Below is photographer Rodrigo Abd’s photo essay, Peru Unearthing the Bodies

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Lead Image Caption: In this Sept. 8, 2014 photo, an orange ribbon outlines skeletal remains in a mass grave, unearthed in the village Paccha of Peru. For three decades, the soil of this unpopulated hamlet on the Andean slopes beside the Apurimac river guarded bodies of villagers slain by security forces who considered them adherents of the Shining Path rebels. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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